Pressed in whole bunches to ensure flavour and integrity of the fruit, the wine holds lovely red and black cherry complemented with earthy tones. The nose shows a fresh violet lift with a spicy complexity on the finish. Soft length on the palate in balance with fine tannins to give it definition and structure.
Mike Press Pinot Noir is an elegant wine with soft dark fruit and a fresh violet lift. This wine has a spicy complexity on the finish, a great example of an exceptional Pinot Noir. - Winemaker's Note
“From a single estate, the wine matured in French oak. Has retained its primary crimson hue to an impressive degree; red and black cherry fruit are the flavour drivers, steering provided by some earthy/forestry varietal characters on the long palate. Is there nothing Mike Press can’t do” - James Halliday
Vine age means more in pinot than any other variety, and these Burgundy 777 clone vines have hit their straps after 20 years in the ground in this cool, high site in Lobethal. The warm summer of 2018 has given birth to a generous style of blackberry and dark cherry fruit, backed confidently by dark chocolate infused by six months maturation in French oak barrels. This is one of the more complex releases under this label yet, and while it isn’t the very best (the season was too warm for the delicacy of this grape), it’s certainly among the more serious and ready to drink on release. Gone is the flamboyant fruitiness of juvenile vines, replaced with the savoury complexity of fully ripe fruit, backed by tannins of fine, firm confidence, holding a finish of great persistence, its warm alcohol well countered with the brightness of high altitude acidity. 90 Points, Drink 2020-2023 - Tyson Stelzer