The Mornington Peninsula climate has changed little since Eocene times, and the Scorpo Family Vineyard in Merricks North is located in the heart of this region. Fossil evidence suggests that the climate is much the same as it was before the Older Volcanics, which means that the vineyard is blessed with a stable climate in most years, and offers the perfect combination of land, aspect, soil type and microclimate.
The fruit is hand-picked, predominantly de-stemmed, and open vat fermented in a mixture of concrete and stainless steel fermenters. Pre- fermentation cold soaking of the de-stemmed fruit enhances flavours and complexity. Spontaneous wild yeast fermentation usually begins 5 to 6 days after. The cap is plunged as required. After fermentation, the wine is pressed and transferred to a selection of new (approx. 20%) and used (one, two and three year old) tight-grained French barriques for the ESTATE and HIGH DENSITY wines and 5% new oak for the NOIRIEN. The wine is bottled 12 to 13 months later.
JAMES HALLIDAY 5-STAR WINERY
The 2018 Estate Pinot Noir has an open and elegant bouquet of raspberry, mulberry, cranberry and cherry. This will lead to great aromatic complexity as the wine matures. Earthly forest floor and hints of toast add another layer of complexity. The palate is balanced, composed and collected. It’s purity and definition can take the taster aback. Fine, silky tannins display a graphite-like structure with integrated acid and purity, complimented by delicate red fruits of cherries and raspberries. A wine of such class & refinement can only be deserving of a traditional lamb roast with all the root vegetables to accompany.