Hurley 'Lodestone' Pinot Noir 2019
North-facing vineyard of 1.4 hectare that was planted in 1999. It’s exposition due North means it gets the most sun exposure of the three climats. It contains the Burgundian clones 114, 115 and 777, as well as MV6. Lodestone is magnetite, an iron mineral abundant in the vineyard soil hence the name.
Immediately the Lodestone is aromatically more complex. A richer depth of fruit – more in the red and dark berry camp – represents the warmer site well. Showing a notch above in seriousness, there’s definitely more structure but still has elegant yet chalky tannins. A good whack of minerality alongside the fruit odes to a more old-world style. Of the two single vineyard releases this is drinking better now but will only improve with time in bottle. Jeremy Muller, FWC.