Main Ridge Half Acre Pinot Noir 2018
Pinot Noir off 43-year-old vines across a number of clones. Fermented 100% wild. 18 days on skins, 12 months on lees, six months off. Unfined and unfiltered.
Main Ridge pinot almost never presents as fruit-forward. It’s a slow mover. It’s more reserved and backward, almost sullen, than it is bright and eager; it’s unhurried. As a result it’s better suited to the cellar than most. This 2018 release is more about structure than fruit; it’s a sinewy wine. It’s doesn’t lack flavour or length but take a sip and you think tannin and acid first, before you get to other things. Malt, musk, black cherry, peppercorn and molasses notes play through. In all honesty I found it a hard wine to get a handle on but I have no doubt it will mature well. 93+ Points, Drink: 2021-2030 - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front
Not necessarily bigger or darker when compared to The Acre but a sense of seriousness and superiority hovers over this wine. Aromas are lifted and bring new dimensions of floral tones to the wine with each sniff. It has an Aperol/Campari/botanical thing going on which is hard to pinpoint but so alluring at the same time. There is a coolness to the wine and for all the prettiness of the fruit, there are savoury undercurrents which is where the real enjoyment lies. Again, it is one to cellar if you can, but drinking it young will bring a lot of enjoyment, too. – Ches Cook, FWC.