The Clos de la Connerie is a name that we have given to the part of the vineyard we first planted in 2012, a continuous north and northeast-facing amphitheatre of Pinot Noir. The vines here have a density of 12,500 vines per hectare and tend to produce a darker, more structured wine that seems to be built for very long aging.
As you can see, in 2019 we produced two bottlings of the Clos in order to better understand how this wine behaves through maturation in cask. Both bottlings are the same wine; we simply held one barrique of the final blend in cask for an additional four months (this is the version bottled with the red wax cap). Both wines will benefit from further aging although the red waxed version is clearly more open for business. Both wines are deep and powerful, yet still offer great seduction. We have no track record, but these wines taste like they will live for decades. We used one-third whole-bunch in 2019. It’s still very early days for these muscular wines, especially the first bottling. We certainly recommend people open the late-bottled version first and hold back as much as they can on the black capsule version.
No fining or filtration. Minimal SO2. Bottled by gravity, June 2020. There were 913 bottles produced of the first bottling (black cap) and 260 bottles produced of the second (red wax). Robert Walters, Winemaker.
(Black capsule) “It’s not your average Pinot Noir. It’s varietal but it has a power to it, a force. When I say this I’m referring to its flavour profile; it’s actually a wine of detail and finesse, it’s just that the fruit flavours have a brooding darkness. Boysenberry stirred with anise, black cherry buried in undergrowth, five spice notes licking at sweet herbs. It’s a wine of black humour, if you will. The most impressive thing, as is often the way, is the formation of tannin, and the way it gathers that which has come before and completes it. I want to use the word spark in relation to the tannin; I just do. Perhaps what I mean is that it ignites the aftertaste. In any case I was ambivalent to the Place of Changing Winds project until I tasted this wine, and then in a rush I wanted to know everything and more about it. Gorgeousness in wine is nothing if not inspiring.”95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
“Planting density 14,000 vines per ha. Excellent depth to its crimson hue; the fragrant bouquet has a blend of dark cherry and plum fruit, the intense mouthfeel silky and supple. 33% whole bunch shows its hand, just enough to add complexity. All class… drink to 2032.” 96 points, James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine.