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This cuvée is sourced from the original 1983 plantings of Pinot Noir (all MV6 Clone). Only a few seperate bottling of this have been available since 2010, 2013, 2015 & 2020 formerly known as OB Terroir, it was time to simplify its identity to Original Block (as its the original block). Only one barrel has been kept seperate, meaning there’s only a mere 22 dozen produced of this wine produced. A reasonable cropping season with exceptional depth, freshness, red fruits. Organically farmed, Harvested on the 1/4/22, All destemmed & fermented in open concrete, indigenous yeasts, pump overs once a day, basket pressed12/04/2022, 12 months in barriques, sulphur added post malo in November, racked from barrels in late march 2023 no fining or filtering, bottled on 3/10/23. A small amount of sulphur post malo & pre bottling, unfined, unfiltered & untinkered.

2022 Original Block Pinot Noir

  • 97/100

    Huon Hooke

    The colour is deep and bright with a strong purple rim and the bouquet is quite marked by char-oak and dark-berry/dark-cherry fruit aromas, bold and bright. The oak gives a distinct smoky, fivespice note throughout the wine, which has a lovely silky mouth-feel and a very long, sustained and seamless carry. Marvellous focus and precision in the mouth. Impressive depth and concentration. It just needs more time for the oak to mellow into the wine. So impressive! (MV6 &

    Morillon clones. Just 22 dozen made from one barrel from the original vines planted in 1989. 100% destemmed fruit. Unfined, unfiltered, wild fermented.) 23 MAR 2023



    Mike Bennie - The Wine Front

    From the 1989 plantings, of course. One barrel only. There’s a bar in Newtown, Sydney, called 1989, which features old school arcade games and drinks to go alongside. Never been in, but it seems to be busy. I’d be playing Wonder Boy first, then Double Dragon, then play with Balrog or M.Bison on Street Fighter, which would be an unpopular thing, but that’s the characters I liked.

    Elegance and grace. Poised and precise. Very good red wine from every angle, with fragrance, mineral qualities, judicious sense of seasoning of the fruit and mid-weight concentration that draws out long and spicy with each sip. Dark cherry, old spice cupboard, graphite, dried herbs, brambly berries. Delicious. And a sense of refreshment factor. What a beauty.
    Rated : 95 Points
    Tasted : MAR23
    Alcohol : 13.4%
    Closure : Diam
    Drink : 2023 - 2035+

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