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Bass Phillip Pinot Noir:  buy it direct,  here




2013 was a regular season until early March, & then  .... BANG!  ... a massive heat wave which gave us the most intense fruits ever, plus powerful, rich flavours we have rarely seen!  Most of these wines have potential for long cellaring, but several are also delicious for current drinking (Issan; Crown Prince; & Estate pinots). The Reserve 2013 is one of the most complex and powerful we have made.

We are releasing these wines to Club Members now, a few months before they are sold in the wine trade.

Our Club Member prices are typically 8% to 15% lower than recommended retail prices. We include tasting notes on this website prepared independently by one of Australia’s leading wine educators, who has more than forty years experience in wine sales and in teaching wine studies to the hospitality industry.  With a Club Member password, you will be able to access detailed info on all the wines on this website.

A brief summary of the wines follows:

2013 Bass Phillip RESERVE Pinot Noir:   Rich, full, deeply favoured: powerful. Cellaring potential for two to three decades. Outstanding! (winery score: 98+).

 2013 Bass Phillip PREMIUM Pinot Noir:   Rich dark fruits; intense flavour; great structure with multi-layered tannins. Cellaring potential for fifteen years & more. (winery score: 97+).

 2013 Bass Phillip ESTATE Pinot Noir:   Very dark; plummy; silky & long with quite a soft finish. High in alcohol and very balanced. Drink now & over the next ten years. (winery score: 96).

 2013 Bass Phillip CROWN PRINCE Pinot Noir (early bottling):   bottled at 12 months: Soft, spicey, with complex stone fruits. Well-strctured with grippy tannins. Easy drinking now, and over the next five years. (winery score: 94).

 2013 Bass Phillip ISSAN Pinot Noir:   Very limited production: probably the most fruit-intense wine we have made: an absolute bomb of fruit richness, integrated tannin and alcohol: all in balance! A very rare wine! (winery score: 96+).

 2013 PREMIUM Chardonnay: Soft, rich & long! Cashew nuts, melons & all those floral characteristics we cannot describe. Classical WB!   (score: 97)

 2013 ESTATE Chardonnay: Also rich & long-flavoured. More structured with firmness in the back palate.  Quite luscious!  (winery score: 96+).

Please consult the detailed notes, order & enjoy these wines!           Phillip Jones


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 Bass Phillip Wines was established 1979 in the south-eastern corner of Australia,  specialising in high quality pinot noir and chardonnay wines.    Named after George Bass and Arthur Phillip, great explorers of the region: ... as in Port Phillip Bay (Melbourne), Phillip Island, Bass Strait, the Bass River & the Bass Highway (close to Bass Phillip).

 Organic practices since 1993 and biodynamic since 2002. The wine process at Bass Phillip is driven by a passion for quality experiences, and attention to detail in the growth and production of great wines.

Bass Phillip .. Australia's best Pinot Noirs

Recognised for more than fifteen years as Australia’s best, Bass Phillip pinot noirs have complex, length of flavour, delicacy with power, and cellaring potential for more than ten years.  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.

Established in 1979 by Phillip Jones,  the Bass Phillip Estate vineyard at Leongatha South became the first commercial vineyard in the region of South Gippsland,  150 km south-east of Melbourne.  The region is famous for its fertility, moderately high rainfall, and high quality dairy farming.

Deep, mineral-rich soils and high humidity, plus cooler temperatures, are the important factors which deliver complex and intense flavour, firm natural acidity, and minerality in pinot noir and chardonnay wines.  Ever since the first vintage 1984, these qualities have been apparent.

Bass Phillip wines are distinctly different: nice to drink young, but improve well after several years in the cellar.  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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