There is a moment when the spirit of the vineyard is revealed. One may think one knows wine and yet, on this day, one truly discovers it.
Out on a Winelovers' tour, 2018 Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir tasted from barrel exhibits loads of intriguing flavour.
At Ocean Eight and Principia, we got to taste young Pinot Noirs out of barrel to contrast wine style, aroma and flavours. Wine drawn from oak treasure chests tell us about the season and terroir of the vineyard. Beyond varietal characteristics, the wines (both MV6 clone) showed traits defined by their terroir. The Ocean Eight exhibited a perfumed, plucky cherry character while the Principia was richer, dark plum and succulent. These differences can be traced to the warmer, seaside down-the-hill site and the cooler up-the-hill Main Ridge vineyard.
When these Pinot Noirs are bottled, they become sirens for the place where they grew. Throughout the journey, terroir remains a fascinating stamp on distinctive regional wines.