Hurley Vineyard Garamond Pinot Noir 2018
98 points, Nick Stock “top tier of Australian pinot noir.”
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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.”
**This wine was awarded No1 Pinot Noir in Mornington from 2018 Vintage by Huon Hooke and awarded 98 Points – Nick Stock**
The Garamond vineyard is east facing and the last to be picked each year. It’s the coolest site given its exposure and is protected from the prevailing winds from SW and West coming across the valley behind the estate. Kevin is passionate about the importance of picking parcel by parcel across this vineyard, despite the vineyard only being 1.2 hectares in size. All planted with MV6 Clone. Kevin says of this vineyard and this wine “.. A beautiful vineyard, it is as if Garamond captures the features of Lodestone and Hommage then adds those that are especially its own to produce an other-worldly wine that this year I find almost beyond description.”
“Garamond exudes effortless style. It ripens evenly and is always harvested last. It is classical. In this wine, the fragrance of Hurley Vineyard is the perfume of the boudoir. It is a step up in complexity and intensity. In the palate, there is usually an array of soft, red fruits, plus meat, mushrooms and cake spice. It is succulent, creamy and sweet, but balanced by lively acidity. The wine usually tastes of red minerals and has fine, silky tannins. There is often toffee. The palate is typically tight and firm in its youth, opening up as time goes on. Garamond is complete, ends fresh and lives long.” Kevin Bell.
98 points – Nick Stock – JamesSuckling.com “A striking edition of this single-vineyard bottling from the outstanding 2018 vintage, one that elevates the Hurley name to the top tier of Australian pinot noir. This has such strikingly complete and authentic character. The freshness and complexity of red fruit, dried spice, wet stones, citrus zest and cedary oak is so beautifully assembled. The palate offers pure red cherries, supported by super fine, smooth-rendered tannins, delivering a brand of elegance and measured power that defines great pinot noir the world over. Stunning. Drink or hold”.
96 points and #1 rated Mornington Pinot Noirs for 2018 “Medium to light red/purple colour, bright and fresh. The bouquet showing smoky oak and brown spice aromas, the palate following on with good intensity and focus, firm and upright, with ample supple tannins and good persistence. Serious pinot flavours and weight, the aftertaste powering on long after the wine has left. Excellent pinot, and worthwile cellaring.”
97 points, Jane Faulkner, 2021 Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion “Garamond has well and truly inveigled its way onto our pinot noir landscape as one of the finest. It has presence. It reflects the 1.2ha easterly site of MV6 with such detail, the vines planted exactly 20 years ago this vintage. Everything is perfectly placed here: the aromatics are heady and enticing, the palate serene with raw silk tannins and a gentle persuasion throughout. Bravo.”
RRP $86 Our Introductory Price $69.99 … very limited!
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Australia, Mornington Peninsula
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