The Mornington Peninsula has come along way. Or at least that’s what I was thinking while I tasted this wine. Comparisons to Burgundy are overused to describe pinot noir grown outside of Burgundy, but frankly benchmarks are benchmarks, and this pinot noir from Montalto in the Mornington Peninsula performed well, bearing more than a passing resemblance to a premier cru Burgundy. Solely sourced from the “Merricks Block”, the label has admirable detail about the origins of the grapes that I wish were a wider practice. The wine is a blend of pinot noir clones 114 and 115 (50%) and MV6 (50%) and the grapes were grown on grey loam over clay. Altitude is quite important to wine character on the Mornington Peninsula, and happily that information is provided too, with the Merricks vineyard for this wine situated at 55 metres above sea level.
And more importantly how did the wine go in the glass? The 2010 Merricks Block pinot noir is a light to medium intensity ruby to garnet colour, and opens to aromatics of graphite, crushed rock, tea trees and a soupçon of sweet cherry. The palate presents as balanced, with flavours of cherry and bouquet garnis. Its acid rolls over the tongue effortlessly and there is some pleasing flesh in the middle palate, while the finish generally is medium to long. I walked away with a very favourable sense of this wine – it is very good in terms of quality due to its complexity of flavour and length, and I bought the single vineyard story. I’d like to see what this vineyard does next year. An interesting and impressive pinot noir. Very Good
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