Scorpo Estate Pinot Noir 2015
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Paul Scorpo has been quietly crafting beautiful wines in Mornington Peninsula alongside Australia’s top shelf cool climate winegrowers.
One of Paul Scorpo’s first jobs in life was in the cellar at Penfolds Barossa Valley winery. Since then the wheel has turned full circle through teaching politics, designing championship golf courses and running a successful landscape architecture business back to following his green thumb and planting a family vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula.
After extensive research of site and soil characteristics on the Peninsula, he settled on an old apple orchard at Merricks North with ancient clay soils, protection from the harsh cold winds coming off the southern ocean, a gentle slope and dual aspects, which combine to provide the site with ideal ripening conditions for a range of varieties. Paul and his family and their connection to the land are uncompromising in his quest to produce the area’s finest wines with closer plantings, more clonal selections. Vines are planted on north east slope (a brilliant sun trap) on red clay soils derived from Eocene volcanics dating back 40 million years. He has championed Pinot Gris which is also planted on the southwest slope towards Port Phillip Bay. Fine wine is in the Scorpo blood across generations from Sicily, Sardinia and Australia. Paul sources small parcels of fruit from other vineyards he manages on the peninsula to use in the Aubaine and Noirien wines. Scorpo Wines have depth, refinement and texture. They are recognised as a leader among the quality-focused producers of the Mornington Peninsula.
2015 was an excellent year for pinot noir in the Mornington Peninsula. A very low cropping year produced wines of great depth and intensity. Vibrant red purple, with notes of undergrowth, bramble, mushroom and spices moving into bright cherry pip and subtle oak. Focused dark cherry fruit up front building to more earth and spice. Late anise, darker fruit and mushroom notes to finish. An intense wine of great length and complexity. 14% alc.
“Already looks very composed. Red fruit and oak (spice, slight creaminess) already integrated. Appealing berry compote and cream. Medium bodied, this feels perfumed and pure and clean-fruited in the mouth; a touch of plushness – just right – pulpy and balanced, and the acidity nicely nudges it through. Fresh. Lovely fruit, and very well put together.” Cellarhand.
95 points, James Halliday: “MV6 clone vines planted in ’97 in the Merricks North district, 100% destemmed, open-fermented and hand-plunged, 4 days cold soak, matured for 15 months in Francois Freres barriques (25% new), 450 dozen made\. The palate is outstanding in depth, line and length, the fragrance growing each time it was tasted. Slightly left field for ’15 (some darker cherry notes) but has great structure reflecting the low yield.”
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