|Picardy Pinot Noir 2002|
Prior to the 2002 vintage, Bill and Dan Pannell returned from a pre-vintage research trip to Burgundy with a few new tricks in the kit bag. They discovered some Burgundian vinification techniques which they felt would suit the Picardy Pinot Noir fruit. The end result of the careful application of these fruit handling techniques is a wine of greater colour, complexity and weight than has been produced previously. The wine still retains all of its typical elegance however, and has a little more silkiness than before.
Aromas of maraschino cherry and raspberry show on the nose, along with a delightful earthy, truffle character (resulting from the clone 114). The palate is finely structured, though fleshy and silky, with hints of sour cherry underpinned by sweet plum and red currant. The palate is long, the finish fine and dry, with outstanding persistence. Oak presence, as always, is supportive, not dominant.This is a stunning wine, which has been described by Pinot Noir enthusiast, Greg Munyard as “clearly the best non Tete de Cuvee Pinot Noir released by Picardy to date, having the complexity of the ’99, optimally ripe fruit and great balance like the 2000 and the weight and suppleness of the 2001. An iconic wine that will be a benchmark for Australian Pinot Noir for years to come.”
Drink now to 2013