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2011 H-Block Pinot Noir

2011 H-Block Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Vineyard Designation
Estate grown and hand picked
Harvest Date
20 March 2011
pH
3.58
Fermentation
Five days
Alcohol %
13.3

2011 H-Block Pinot Noir

This wine represents the best of a difficult year. Our decision to release it as H Block is due to the site always rising to the challenges of season, and producing a distinctive, high quality wine regardless. With a perfumed spicy, rose petal aroma and restrained cedar oak, the wine shows nuance and complexity on the nose.

The palate is elegant and finely layered with balance of fruit, tannin and acid. It has persistence of flavour and potential for long term cellaring. Drink now and over 10 or more years.

Vine age & features: Produced from heritage, low yielding 26 year old vines, planted on north facing slopes.

Site selection: H-Block is usually the backbone of the Reserve Pinot Noir blend. This is one of our icon sites, it is consistently low yielding and great quality.

Vintage notes: The 2011 season was very cool, we experienced one of our lowest average maximum temperatures for the ripening period accompanied by high rainfall. Our oldest vineyards are more resistant to these seasonal variations and continue to produce high quality fruit.


Reviews:

TIM WHITE Australian Financial Review, 25 July 2013
Intense forest berry pips and a creaminess to the smell of this: gentle, complex. As it is in the mouth, but there’s spice, a cut of sour cherry and pomegranate, and soft squeezed tannins. Lovely sourdough crust finish. 94/100

JEREMY PRINGLE Wine Will Eat Itself, 18 April 2013
No TarraWarra Reserve Estate Pinot Noir made in 2011 due to the difficult conditions. Instead they’ve gone for a single block release sourced from their original Pinot plantings in 1983. The H-Block is dedicated entirely to the MV6 clone and, apparently, is normally the backbone of the Reserve wine. Interesting to see it by itself then. Distilled terroir.

Pretty aromas. Sour cherry, rose petals, raspberry and a bit of undergrowth. It’s light-ish in body but puts on weight and really begins to express itself with a bit of time in the decanter. High quality oak is present but never oversteps the mark. Love the architecture here. Fine acidity with tactile, sandy tannin subtley churning underneath the fruit. Opens with a burst of red berry flavour before savoury characters provide a well-balanced counterpoint. Pepper over Asian spice. There’s an understated plum bass note and the wine possesses more depth than many 2011 Yarra Valley releases. Still has shows a lot of finesse and daintiness. Fascinating and rather delicious. 92 Very Good
HUON HOOKE 19 April 2013

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2011 H-Block Pinot Noir

2011 H-Block Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Vineyard Designation
Estate grown and hand picked
Harvest Date
20 March 2011
pH
3.58
Fermentation
Five days
Alcohol %
13.3

2011 H-Block Pinot Noir

This wine represents the best of a difficult year. Our decision to release it as H Block is due to the site always rising to the challenges of season, and producing a distinctive, high quality wine regardless. With a perfumed spicy, rose petal aroma and restrained cedar oak, the wine shows nuance and complexity on the nose.

The palate is elegant and finely layered with balance of fruit, tannin and acid. It has persistence of flavour and potential for long term cellaring. Drink now and over 10 or more years.

Vine age & features: Produced from heritage, low yielding 26 year old vines, planted on north facing slopes.

Site selection: H-Block is usually the backbone of the Reserve Pinot Noir blend. This is one of our icon sites, it is consistently low yielding and great quality.

Vintage notes: The 2011 season was very cool, we experienced one of our lowest average maximum temperatures for the ripening period accompanied by high rainfall. Our oldest vineyards are more resistant to these seasonal variations and continue to produce high quality fruit.


Reviews:

TIM WHITE Australian Financial Review, 25 July 2013
Intense forest berry pips and a creaminess to the smell of this: gentle, complex. As it is in the mouth, but there’s spice, a cut of sour cherry and pomegranate, and soft squeezed tannins. Lovely sourdough crust finish. 94/100

JEREMY PRINGLE Wine Will Eat Itself, 18 April 2013
No TarraWarra Reserve Estate Pinot Noir made in 2011 due to the difficult conditions. Instead they’ve gone for a single block release sourced from their original Pinot plantings in 1983. The H-Block is dedicated entirely to the MV6 clone and, apparently, is normally the backbone of the Reserve wine. Interesting to see it by itself then. Distilled terroir.

Pretty aromas. Sour cherry, rose petals, raspberry and a bit of undergrowth. It’s light-ish in body but puts on weight and really begins to express itself with a bit of time in the decanter. High quality oak is present but never oversteps the mark. Love the architecture here. Fine acidity with tactile, sandy tannin subtley churning underneath the fruit. Opens with a burst of red berry flavour before savoury characters provide a well-balanced counterpoint. Pepper over Asian spice. There’s an understated plum bass note and the wine possesses more depth than many 2011 Yarra Valley releases. Still has shows a lot of finesse and daintiness. Fascinating and rather delicious. 92 Very Good
HUON HOOKE 19 April 2013

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