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Friday, 31 March 2017

Toolangi Pinot Noir 2015

There are three classifications of wines within the Toolangi portfolio: 'Toolangi', Estate and Reserve. Different blocks off the vineyard receive different viticultural inputs, here the 'Toolangi' Pinot Noir is cropped marginally higher than that for the Estate range, more about stylistic intent than anything. 

Toolangi employs full time viti staff to get its sites and fruit into top condition, opting not to employ full time winemakers, instead they contract winemaking for specific wines out to leading winemakers around the region, and sometimes beyond, an approach akin to something like a vinous supergroup. Here Yering Station's Willy Lunn is at the helm.

Anyway, 10m in French barriques, of which 10% are new. The site - Dixon's Creek - is on a north-easterly orientation, predominantly clay with a thin shale topsoil. Summary: marginally higher cropping, little oak, expect primacy of fruit here.

It's particularly expressive with an impressive range of black fruit emanating from the glass. Think black and sour cherry, and something like macerated strawberry. Bright, fragrant. 

More of the same on the palate. Deliciously mid-weight, bright and juicy, those fruit flavours burst energetically across the palate, bright acidity bringing a halt to proceedings and making the introduction of some fine grain tannin. 

Just has a gorgeous weight, carry and presence about it. 92 

Tasted on: Wednesday 29th March, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.toolangi.com/

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