Hand picked and partially destemmed. 25% whole bunch in the fermentation. Sitting on skins for 15 days before being basket pressed straight into barrel. From the higher, cool climate region of Orange in central west New South Wales.
Matthew Atallah Wines, Phoenix 8, Pinot Noir, Orange, 2019
Medium garnet in colour. Nose of cherry skin and cherry juice with sapid blood orange rind/juice, and a touch of dense leafy stalky forest floor. Medium fine bones to the structure. Dark cherry with yeasty savoury influence and little bacon depth. Chalky texture with gummy, stalky tannin. Presents evenly measured trough the palate with a surprising acid lift through the long tail.
Rating: 18/20 (92/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Matthew Atallah Wines