Nick and Trudy Stacy are the vignerons for Clandestine Vineyards. Here they have their first Pinot Noir. Fruit is sourced from the Tomich Vineyard at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills and made by Ben Riggs. 30% Whole bunch. Open fermenters for 10 days before pressed off into French oak (30% new) for maturation.
Clandestine Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, 2021
Medium garnet red. Easy varietal nose, Dark cherry and raspberry fruit with easy fresh thyme, toasted spice before shiny and chary oak. Slightly confused palate, there’s an attempt at fruit generosity before the shift to structure and pinosity but having an each way bet as to how the wine wants to be constructed. Fine tannins woven tight with lingering blood orange and cherry flavours. Clean and balanced, I’d rather a firm call on the mode for the wine for the utmost pleasure.
Rating: 17.5/20 (90/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Clandestine Vineyards