750ml Bottle, Cork closure
Hurley Vineyard comprises three climats, being Lodestone, Hommage and Garamond, which wrap North, North-East and East respectively around the crest of a little volcanic hill. This favourable exposition, and the stony red-brown earth, provide the ideal terroir for highly expressive Pinot Noir, grown and made by Kevin Bell.Hurley Vineyard is at 90 m altitude in the south-eastern lowland hills of the Peninsula in the sub-region formed by Balnarring and Merricks. It has a rainfall of about 750 mm annually. With 350 mm usually falling in the growing season, the low-yielding vines are not irrigated. This is beautiful terroir for growing Pinot Noir.The 'Hommage' climat is a 2 acre, north-east sloping vineyard. The name pays tribute to the winemaking families who have gone before. This vineyard produces juicy Pinot Noir with pure fruit flavours and savoury notes. Matured in 1/3 new French oak casks for 20 months, bottles without fining or filtration.Hommage is in-between Lodestone and Garamond in almost every way. It is harvested second. Typically, it smells distinctly of ripe plums and the forest floor. It can have the subtle fragrance of flowers. Invariably it tastes of wine gums and jubes. You can always see soft, squishy berries, like mulberries, and firmer ones, like blueberries. The fermenting vats actually smell and taste that way! Hommage tastes more of fruit than earth. It is full and supple in the palate, but not loose. Our emphasis now is more on the freshness of the fruit - the point where the sweetness is balanced by velvety tannins. It is often described as ‘Burgundian’.