- From the north-facing Lodestone vineyard planted in 1999
- A structured, Pommard-like expression of Pinot Noir
- The warmest of Hurley's vineyard sites combined with ideal vintage conditions
Single vineyard, wild-fermented and aged in oak barrels (one quarter new) for 20 months prior to bottling.
Mid-garnet in colour, the nose broods with intense aromas of black cherries and blueberries, roses and a hint of sage. In the palate, powerful flavours of briary forest berries are enveloped in a mouth-filling texture that is silky, layered and complex. The flavours resonate persistently from entry to exit. Racy acidity provides drive and length. Also medium in weight, the moderate vintage conditions have benefitted this Lodestone, which is more balanced than in warmer vintages, with no loss of concentration and complexity. An outstanding Lodestone.
Drink now to 2030.
Medium to full red colour with a good tint of purple, and a spicy, dark cherry, subtle char-oak combination on the bouquet. The wine is intense and rich, soft and fleshy, wth a core of fruit sweetness and a lot of charm. Velvet texture, good persistence. Lovely wine, loaded with pinoty charm and already very complex. (From a 3-acre north-facing block on iron-rich soil with magnetite at Balnarring, planted to 114, 115, 777 and MV6 clones. 1/3 new oak)