(2017) Beautifully fragrant oak (all French barriques). A touch of vivid floral character, soft incense spice, open elegant and fruit driven on the palate, with really good acidity and a tight, tight tannin structure. Yet another different, and equally fine expression of Mornington Pinot. Price and stockist quoted at time of review is for a different vintage.
(2017) More creamy and gently toasty oak, with more of that complex fig and gentle sulphidic character, nicely hazelnutty, with plenty of citrus and crunchy apple acids, with a ripe lemony fruit - sharp, but with fat and generosity, with the oak filling in. A more diffuse style than Kooyong for example, but very delicious. Note price and stockist at time of review are for the 2014 vintage.
(2017) Winemaker Jonathon Mattick explains that the Wallis vineyard was planted in 1992 on volcanic soils, the breeze from the Bass Strait only 4km away being a big influence. This sees 20% new oak with batonnage. Hints of green fig and a bit of slaty/flinty character and a fair bit of oak showing. The palate has a pithy, limey citrus character, with a deal of juiciness that is deliciously mouth-watering.
(2016) The Rosé from Brown is an attempt to make a more serious and, above all, gastronomic pink, with its barrel ageing and dry structure showing just a nip of tannin. The colour is a pale peach that is very à la mode, with small, redcurranty, red fruit aromas and a nice touch of nutty, gravelly character. On the palate there's more of that dry red berry fruit, but the touch of tannin, the touch of barrel weight and the excellent acidity gives this both juicy freshness and a bit of structure too. It might well age for a few years very successfully. Note the price quoted at time of review is actually for the 2012 vintage.
(2016) This cuvee sees partial malolactic, very low sulphur, and 95% is fermented and aged in barrel. From very rocky soils on limestone at 1450 metres. The nose has a melon and orange peel, a gently nutty oak, interesting herbal, almost camomile notes. The palate is riven with a mineral acidity, real saltiness and elegant,mouth-watering finish. At time of wrtiting the 2013 has still to arrive in the UK.
(2016) From a limestone soil. Seems to have a touch more oak than the 'stones', a bit of flint here too, a much more apple and nut profile, citrus too. The palate again has a hugely streaking minerality and saline finish, with such a thrust of juicy and pithy citrus. Delicious, again that mouth-watering style, a little extra flinty aromatic, a little extra juicy depth.
(2016) Quite meaty, with rich black fruit, a spiciness and graphite and cedar nuances. Very tight, deep and glossy, muscular but also refined, a svelte black fruit creaminess and a lovely liquorice depth. Such lovely sweet fruit but excellent structure to age.
(2016) Aged 18 months on the lees in tank. Delicious juiciness, a touch of herbs and a touch of spangle brightness, but plenty of fresh zest acidity and cool apple. A lovely drinkable wine with real salty lick not often found in Petit Chablis.
(2015) A blend of 67% Syrah, the rest Touriga Nacional, Cinsault and Grenache. The juiciness of this is what impresses, with fabulous keen, bright fruit, the red cherry and the liquorice edge of alacrity. Fabulously drinkable stuff.