2020 Pinot Noir
Introducing the newest vintage of our pinnacle red wine, the one and only Meadowbank Pinot Noir (AKA - the deep, silky, vibrant and complex twin).
The wine we’ve all been waiting for is here and absolutely raring to go. After skipping a Pinot Noir release in 2019 due to the devastating Tasmanian bushfires, we are thrilled to finally present you with our 2020 version.
Originating from our Pinot Noir vines which Gerald Ellis planted in 1987, we hand-picked these grapes in three separate instalments, over a two to three week harvest period. Gerald and daughter Mardi, alongside our winemaker Peter Dredge, base their picking decisions predominantly on taste of the grapes alone, as they look for different stages of ripening, which later express as unique flavour characteristics come wine time.
In the winery, Pete allows each individual parcel of fruit to ferment on skins for two weeks, before the delicious red juice is pressed off and placed into French oak barrels (10% new). These barrels are put to bed for 9 months, before they are carefully blended to create the final masterpiece that now awaits you in bottle.
Think flavour, finesse and even more flavour! This wine has got us all really excited. From its vibrant colour in the glass, to its smell which just screams of Meadowbank, to its taste which is deep, savoury and complex – we are absolutely loving on it.
We are confident in assuring you this wine will deliver and still has the potential to get even better while hanging out in your cellar. It’s the bottle you’ll be reaching for to take to your next dinner party and impress your friends, or the bottle you’ll incidentally consume in its entirety at home because it’s impossible to stop yourself at just one glass. Please, try it yourself and tell us we’re wrong.
94 POINTS - "Estate vines in the Derwent Valley; planted 1987; undergoing organic conversion; 3 picks with 0-50% whole bunches. Wild fermented; matured 9 months in 10% new French oak casks; unfined. A jubilant celebration of elegant, young pinot! Fresh, vibrant, primary and crunchy. Bountiful red cherries, poached strawberries and raspberries, elevated by the fragrant rose petal, potpourri and dried herb of nicely moderated whole-bunch fermentation. A long finish is charged equally by tangy morello cherry acidity as silky, fine-ground tannins. The quintessential lunchtime pinot.” Tyson Stelzer, Halliday Wine Companion
While you're here, why not meet the other twin, our 2020 Meadowbank Chardonnay.
*Note: for those wondering, all our wines are vegan friendly.