2015 Crittenden Estate Cri de Coeur Pinot Noir Magnum
Grapes for this wine were sourced from 2 clones (MV6 and Pommard) which form a tiny part of our original 11 acre ‘home’ vineyard proudly planted by the Crittenden family in 1982. Located on the lower, northern foothills of the Mornington Peninsula’s Red Hill the site takes good advantage of the well draining loam soils and the cooling effects of Port Phillip Bay 5km West. While biological viticulture techniques, significant vine age and unwavering attention to detail throughout the growing season set the framework for this wine, it is the techniques engaged immediately after harvest that truly define it.
Unashamedly this wine has a spicy herbal nose that is entirely attributed to the technique of whole bunch fermentation. Time in the glass allows layers of vibrant fruit to emerge until eventually the marriage of these two characters becomes seamless. It is the palate, however, that truly justifies the ferment technique with amazingly fine and textured tannins providing length and breadth to the wine well beyond those availed by conventional winemaking methods. Although drinking beautifully now, this wine will reward substantial cellaring, perhaps even for 24years and beyond.