2010 was a moderate to low yielding vintage due to a cooler flowering period. A long summer with intermittent rainfall set the vineyard up for a fabulous vintage. A long cool autumn delivered Pinot Noir with exceptional balance in pH and acidity.
Hand harvested into 10kg bins
Harvested between 23rd March and 1st April
6 tons per hectare
100% Pinot Noir
13.36% alcohol by volume
‘Medium ruby-purple colored, 2010 Hillside Reserve Pinot Noir is scented of warm black cherries, cloves and violets with earthy undertones of loam and moss covered bark. Medium bodied with a good core of red berry and earth flavors, the vibrant fruit is well supported by a low to medium level of finely tannins, and balanced acid, finishing long with a cinnamon note coming through. Drink it now to 2016+.’
‘Full, even, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is full, deep and voluminous with intense aromas of ripe, dark berry fruits and plums with earthy-meaty detail, along with hints of tar and oak spices. Some raspberry liqueur and herbal hints emerge in the glass. Medium-full bodied, rich, lively dark berry fruit flavours, plums and earthy notes are complexed by flavours of savoury game, liquorice and cedary oak. The mouthfeel is fulsome with firm, fine tannin structure and bright and crisp acidity providing good energy and tension. The palate has drive and power, and the flavours are carried by the tannins and acid raciness to a long, rich, fruit-focused finish of earthy plums. This is a full, solid and robust Pinot Noir with liveliness and earthy interest. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat over the next 6-8+ years. Clones 5, 6, 667, 777, 115 and 114 from the ‘Eaton Family’ and ‘Cowley’ vineyards, hand-picked, destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.36% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 28% new French oak.
‘This often memorable red was originally estate-grown in the Eaton family's vineyard on clay slopes in the Omaka Valley (and labelled Hillside Selection), but is now from 'hillside vineyards situated in the Southern Valleys'. The 2010 vintage (««««½) was hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured in French oak barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Still youthful, it is deep ruby and fragrant, with fresh, strong plum, spice, dried-herb and liquorice flavours, slightly nutty and finely textured. Open mid-2013+’.