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Place of Changing Winds Between Two Mountains Pinot Noir 2021

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    Place of Changing Winds is a unique high-density vineyard situated on the southern foothills of Mount Macedon in central Victoria, Australia. Established in 2012 by wine buyer and importer Robert Walters, with the aim to create a small, high-density vineyard that could produce exceptional wines. The winery is named after its original name given by the Wurundjeri people, who called it Warekilla, or Place of Changing Winds, which still holds true today. This winery produces two sets of wines - Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their own vines, and Syrah, Marsanne from two grower vineyards, which showcase the distinct characteristics of each region. The Estate wines from Place of Changing Winds are exclusively from their property, which has an altitude of 500 meters above sea level. This cool site has good rain, cold nights and a wide diurnal range, which is surrounded by native plantings and thousands of hectares of forest. The vineyard is one of a kind, with a high density of almost 45,000 vines planted across 3.1 hectares, with densities ranging from 12,000 to 33,000 vines per hectare. Over the last decade, the winery has developed a meticulous viticulture system with no synthetic chemicals used, adapted specifically to their vineyard. The cellar is next to the vines, ensuring the fruit goes directly to the fermenters within minutes. The Estate Series wines reflect the winery's no-compromise approach and the uniqueness of their place. In addition to their Estate wines, Place of Changing Winds produces Syrah and Marsanne from two grower vineyards further north, located in the Heathcote region and Harcourt. The vineyards are managed organically, and the winery team is involved in all the viticultural decisions, including the picking dates. The goal is to craft wines of great finesse, perfume and drinkability that showcase the unique terroir of each place.

    Place of Changing Winds Between Two Mountains Pinot Noir 2021 is a delightful wine with an exotic and perfumed bouquet. The wine has a deep crimson-purple colour that is appealing to the eyes. On the nose, it offers an attractive fragrance with notes of strawberry, red cherry, blood orange and pomegranate with gentle spicy notes and hints of oak. On the palate, it has a light to medium body, with dark cherry flavors, fine acidity and a smooth texture. The wine is well-balanced, with soft tannins and a long, pleasant finish. This Pinot Noir is a perfect wine to pair with roasted quail, mushroom risotto or grilled salmon. The Place of Changing Winds Between Two Mountains Pinot Noir 2021 is a wine that delivers on both aroma and palate.

    About 15% whole bunches here. According to Rob Walters this was the year that the vines seemed to kick in in a different way, with a sense of maturity now in place, to an extent. Supple textured, deep and gently savoury, mellow red and black cherry fruit characters, sourness in a pleasant sense, alpine herbs, a slick dusting of clove and cinnamon, bright, blood orange acidity and licks of game meat, truffle and autumnal savoury elements. It feels fine and fancy, exqusiite in detail of flavours and beautiful texture. Sensational, really. Top flight. - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, 96 Points

    Deep crimson-purple, it has an exotic perfumed bouquet, partly from the inclusion of one-third whole bunches, and partly from 18 months maturation in used stockinger barrels. The power and length of the wine is extraordinary, the drink to date should prove conservative. Drink to 2040. - James Halliday, 98 Points

    The Finer Details
    Style - Red Wine
    Varietal - Pinot Noir
    Country - Australia
    Region - Heathcote, Victoria
    Vintage - 2021
    Bottle Size - 750ml
    ABV - 13.7%
    Other - Organic