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Bass Phillip Estate Pinot Noir 2017

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    Phillip Jones rates his 2017 Estate Pinot Noir as one of his best ever under this label and reminiscent of Nuits St Georges - aromatic of cherry, strawberry and blackcurrant. Muscular and vigorous, chewy and full-bodied, its structured is both well built and well-balanced with plenty of length.

    The Estate Pinot Noir comes from vines aged between 35 to 38 year old contribute the majority of the fruit for this wine with yields cropped at approximately one tonne per acre. It's cloudy dark red colour with a light red hue. Perfumed aromatics of ripe red cherries and winter strawberries infused with violets drift through the nostrils followed by hints of sour cherries, fresh herbs, light forest floor and spicy cedar notes. Light to medium weight the delicious palate is intensely flavoured with red to dark cherries and strawberries with a dash of sour cherries adding some verve. Expansive and powerful with subtle forest floor, infusions of fresh herbs, spicy cedar and bright minerality also chiming in on the back palate for added complexity. Supple yet vibrant mouthfeel with lively acidity and silky tannins. Concludes exceptionally long and moreish. Drink over the next 6-8 years.

    Phillip Jones rates his 2017 Estate Pinot Noir as one of his best ever under this label and reminiscent of Nuits St Georges - aromatic of cherry, strawberry and blackcurrant. Muscular and vigorous, chewy and full-bodied, its structured is both well built and well-balanced with plenty of length.

    The Estate Pinot Noir comes from vines aged between 35 to 38 year old contribute the majority of the fruit for this wine with yields cropped at approximately one tonne per acre. It's cloudy dark red colour with a light red hue. Perfumed aromatics of ripe red cherries and winter strawberries infused with violets drift through the nostrils followed by hints of sour cherries, fresh herbs, light forest floor and spicy cedar notes. Light to medium weight the delicious palate is intensely flavoured with red to dark cherries and strawberries with a dash of sour cherries adding some verve. Expansive and powerful with subtle forest floor, infusions of fresh herbs, spicy cedar and bright minerality also chiming in on the back palate for added complexity. Supple yet vibrant mouthfeel with lively acidity and silky tannins. Concludes exceptionally long and moreish. Drink over the next 6-8 years.

    Varietal

    Pinot Noir

    Country

    Australia

    Region

    Gippsland, Victoria

    Vintage

    2017

    ABV

    14.5%

    Bottle size

    750ml

    Trusted by the professionals

    Excellent colour, deep but clear. It signals the arrival of fragrant small berry fruits, from cherry to blackberry, the palate bringing the full suite of pinot aromas and flavours. If this were the top wine of the portfolio you would be wholly satisfied.

    — James Halliday, 96 Points

    Like their Crown Prince 2017, this has an immediate and powerful sense of Pinosity, combining the most gorgeous fruit with smoked meat, black cherry, fresh acid and subtle floral elegance to finish.

    — Jancis Robinson, 17.5+/20 Points

    Bass Phillip

    The story of Bass Phillip starts back in the early 1970's when the first vineyard site, located 15 kilometres south of Leongatha, was selected to plant vines based on climatic and topographical observations. These observations when combined with South Gippsland's moderating influences of the mountains to the north and ocean to the south, provides the ideal conditions for slow ripening of grapes. Bass Phillip also has a 7.5-hectare vineyard planted in 1998 in Leongatha's hinterland comprised primarily of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but also some small plantings of Gewurztraminer and Nebbiolo, on a north facing slope; increasing our overall area of vines to just over 10 hectares. Bass Phillip wines reflect variety and their terroir, enhanced by close planted vines, low cropping, old vines with only the use of natural processes and sprays, no irrigation and meticulous canopy management, culminating to produce wines of depth, length and complexity.

    Jean-Marie Fourrier, a renowned winemaker, joined the Bass Phillip management team in 2020, bringing his knowledge and experience to help develop fine wines with texture and complexity. Fourrier's relationship with Bass Phillip goes back over 20 years, having consulted for the domaine back in 2002. Fourrier describes his early appreciation for Bass Phillip wines, as it would often turn up as an impressive mystery wine at high-rolling Burgundy tastings in Hong Kong, so ‘when the possibility to take over came, along with that historical link – and with his brother-in-law and his wife already living in Australia – all the stars aligned.' Since 2021, with Fourrier's Aussie brother in-law Adam 'Skip' Francis on the ground, Fourrier has been able to oversee the farming and production of an Aussie icon, while adding Burgundian know-how.

    Tasting notes

    NOSE
    Wild Forest Berries, Cherry, Violets

    It signals the arrival of fragrant small berry fruits, from cherry to blackberry, the palate bringing the full suite of pinot aromas and flavours.

    PALATE
    Raspberry, Blackerries, Fresh Herbs

    Complexity, flavours, balanced acidity, and natural minerality to Bass Phillip wines.

    FINISH
    Sandalwood, Sweet Spices, Floral Lift

    Fresh acid and subtle floral elegance to finish.