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Mike Bennie - 11 July 2019.

Mount Block is one of Owen Latta’s favourite patches of pinot noir though normally is blended into other releases, not being dignified by its own cuvee. Hello this 2016. A compelling wine It shows much of the DNA of wines from the Eastern Peake site and label, but a little extra depth and savouriness might just be the x-factor.

It greets drinkers with that mix of sour-sweet cherry fragrance wafting through sweet earth, undergrowth, brambly-hedgerow kind of scents. The palate has a suppleness and that general sense of ‘dryness’, a powdery web of fine tannin draped on succulent sour-sweet cherry flavours, licks of nutty-savouriness and a quick suck on a ham bone gamey quality. The length is epic, a gentle staining that lasts with little stony-minerally chomps in the palate. It has that more open weave feel to it than so many polished and preened Australian pinot noirs, and better for it. Compelling wine.

Rated : 95 Points
Tasted : JUL19
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2030

2016 Pinot Noir Mount Block

  • Vinified in rectangular small open wax lined concrete fermenters, 5% wholebunch, indigenous yeasts, hand plunged, 4 week extended post ferment maceration, unforced naturally occurring malolactic fermentation, unfined, unfiltered & un-tinkered.  Minimal Sulfites Added