Hurley Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2018
Outstanding vintage in Mornington. Declassified single vineyard fruit. 95 points, Halliday.
Hurley Vineyard wraps north to east around the crest of a little volcanic hill in Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula of Victoria, Australia. Kevin Bell and Tricia Byrnes are immersed in the task of showcasing what their 3 differing single vineyard plots or climats can express. Burgundy clearly inspired them to this endeavour, not to mimic the wines from the Cote d’Or in terms of taste but the ethos of single site expressions, terrior driven wines. Planted in 1998 and 1999 the estate has 3.43 hectares of Pinot Noir across 3 clearly defined climats: Lodestone, Hommage and Garamond.
Kevin says: “Our principles are: organic viticulture, non-irrigation, low yields and true expression of the terroir of a vineyard and the individual climats within a vineyard”.
Hurley Vineyard’s position receives abundant sunshine and free-moving air, yet is well-protected from strong winds by 100 year old pine trees and the surrounding topography. The hill is capped by stony, red-brown earth. This ‘Older Volcanic’ soil type is quick to warm and slow to cool, and retains moisture and drains freely.
Winemaking consists of hand-picked fruit arriving to the winery where grapes are cooled overnight before 100% destemmed whole berries (no whole-bunch) go into 2 ton open top fermenters. Pre-ferment maceration cold soak of approximately one week before fermentation with natural yeasts. Pieage twice a day then post ferment maceration 5 to 7 days vintage dependent. Gravity fed into a basket press then into barrel for aging. Kevin and Tricia are passionately committed to one cooper, Sirugue, based in Nuit St George. Kevin highlights that he loves the fact the staves are air-dried for a minimum of 4 years before they are used for the barrels, giving the wood time to season and low toasting. 1/4 to 1/3 new oak for the elevage of each wine, 20 months approx total aging, no racking at any stage until bottling and under gravity.
Of the 2018 vintage Kevin Bell says – “Climatic conditions in vintage 2018, our eighteenth, were excellent from budburst to harvest. It must be rated among the best that the Mornington Peninsula generally and Hurley Vineyard particularly have experienced. It yielded a good quantity of high-quality fruit in all three vineyards. The vines were aged nineteen years in Garamond and Hommage the Older, and eighteen years in Hommage the Younger and Lodestone. The four wines of the 2018 release are consistently high in quality and among the best that we have produced.”
“The Estate bottling is declassified Lodestone, Hommage and Garamond barrels, offering us simply superb value vs the efforts to produce. Kevin & Tricia would like preferably to simply bottle 3 single climats every vintage but they refuse to bottle any barrel not befitting the level they have come to expect from each site. Winemaking & Elevage is exactly the same making for a seriously high quality Estate Pinot Noir blend.
“A brilliant mid-garnet colour leads to a complex and evocative bouquet of raspberries and red cherries nuanced with cooked meat and cake spice. Intense red and black cherries and red currents burst in the supple, mouthfilling palate and linger in a long aftertaste. Fresh acidity, a creamy mouthfeel and ultra-fine tannins contribute to a pure, finely balanced wine of medium weight, considerable complexity and strong varietal typicity.” Kevin Bell. Alc 13.4%
95 points, Jane Faulkner, Halliday’s 2021 Australian Wine Companion “One of the best value pinots from the Peninsula – and that’s saying something. It has quality stamped across it – the estate is a blend of the three single sites, the sum of its parts. Heady aromatics, a delicacy throughout, but still detailed tannins and refreshing acidity gliding across the smooth palate.”
“Super sexy, super slurpable, lush and flavoursome pinot noir. Cherry-raspberry-centric, dusted with peppery and sweet spice, sheen to texture then a late visit from light, feathery tannins. Has a strong, bold feel but delivers lightness and freshness too. Nice drink.” 92 points Gary Walsh
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