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2014 Bass Phillip Vintage Release
Recent wine reviews: Huon Hooke
You probably know that Huon Hooke has a very realistic wine assessment scheme: even very good wines scoring high 80’s & low 90’s….. he rates wines in a balanced & matter-of fact manner. Here are some of his recent comments about 2014s:
“The 2014s are very polished wines, in keeping with the more disciplined Bass Phillip style of recent years.
PREMIUM PINOT NOIR 2014
Deep red colour with a trace of purple; lovely complex meaty charcuterie bouquet. The palate is rich, full and expansive. The flavour, texture and weight of the wine are superb. It can be enjoyed now but decanting is recommended. Lovely fleshy extract; a tip-top pinot with a big future. Lush sweet fruit, tobacco, foresty notes, savoury; loads of fine-grained tannins. Long and lovely. Drinks well now but can be kept for many years. (tasted 18/7/2016) Drink 2018 to 2034: score 97 points
ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2014
Lovely wine, rich and concentrated, deep and fleshy, with marvellously detailed flavour and profound depths as well as balance. Enormous persistence. A wine of beauty and harmony, elegance and refinement. A stand-out wine. (tasted 18/7/2016) Drink 2016 to 2026: score 96 points
PREMIUM CHARDONNAY 2014
Full buttercup yellow colour; the bouquet very rich and overt, opulent and full-bodied, powerful and strong. The texture is velvety and rounded, rich and fleshy. Oak is evident but beautifully integrated. A big, generous chardonnay, slightly old-fashioned in the sense of its full body. (tasted 18/7/2016) Drink 2016 to 2025 score 95 points”
2014 is clearly one of our great vintages!
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Bass Phillip is named after George Bass and Arthur Phillip – men of great pioneering spirit, foresight and leadership during the nineteenth century. .................. Phillip Jones first established the Bass Phillip vineyards, many years later, in the southeastern corner of Australia in 1979, specialising in high-quality pinot noir and chardonnay wines.
Winemaking at Bass Phillip is uncompromising and driven by the respect for nature. The vineyards are organic since 1993 and biodynamic since 2002. All wine production process at Bass Phillip is guided by the cosmic rhythms that impart energy and vibrancy into the wines.
Made in a simple and traditional manner, with low-cropped vineyards, no irrigation and minimal intervention in the winery, the wines of Bass Phillip display flavours which are characteristic of the region and their individual vineyards. Deep mineral-rich soils, natural high humidity, and cooler temperatures in South Gippsland is also part of the magic that delivers the length, complexity, flavors, balanced acidity, and natural minerality to Bass Phillip wines. Combined with Phillip Jones’s undivided attention to detail in the vineyards and winery, and an insatiable passion for quality wine experiences, Bass Phillip produces extraordinary wines one vintage after another.
The most recent vintages of Bass Phillip pinot noir are the best we have produced. We put this down to older vines, more experience in winemaking, and continued sustainable practices in both the vineyards and winery.
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