Hurley Vineyard is situated in Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula. The 2009 vintage generally in that region was extremely hot with heatwaves in January and February. Nonetheless, its climate is moderated by water on three sides, and the region mercifully avoided the carnage inflicted upon the Yarra Valley that year. The Garamond vineyard itself is east facing, planted to the MV6 clone and is situated on volcanic soils, one of the many soil types to grace the region.
The 2009 vintage of the Garamond is a bright ruby in colour with a slightly more than pale intensity. Its aromatics are typical pinot noir, with spices, cherries, thyme and cedar evident. Some volatile acidity is there too. The palate exhibits a savoury cherry character, with medium length – perhaps a bit more and strawberries too. There’s a slight sweet-sourness to this pinot noir, but particularly in the context of the vintage, this wine presents well. Good to Very Good