PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Easy-drinking Pinot Noirs with sweet plum fruits, softness and balance. These wines always have the characteristic regional “palate length”.
BACKGROUND: Our Crown Prince wines come from the Leongatha vineyard; planted in 1996 this vineyard shows regional typicity and also supplies fruit for the Estate wines. This wine comes from the major part of the Leongatha vineyard.
MARKET POSITION: An established restaurant favourite. Good value for money. Often scored 95/100 by Mr. Halliday. This one is the best vintage of Crown Prince. Quite fresh and balanced. Popular “by-the-glass” wine in many restaurants.
WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Very dark wine, saturated with wild dark fruits, with pronounced acidity, and a longer palate than usual: textured & lingering with soft tannin. By far the best we have made. Up in price but excellent value. Stays alive in the glass for hours. Very easy drinking.
VITICULTURE NOTE: Farmed Organically since 1993. Farmed Biodynamically since 2002. As yet uncertified. Planted at 9,000 vines/HA (1996); cropping at approx. 1.0 to 1.2 tonne/acre.
PRODUCTION NOTE: Bottled without fining or filtration. Procork closure.
INDUSTRY REVIEWER: The Crown Prince is often suitable for more early consumption, but this one will improve for more than six years. The aroma has dried berries, hints of beetroot, briar and a little farmyard. There are also raspberry notes, cinnamon and earth. The front palate gives way to a layered and finely textured entry that reveals fresh cherry and some savoury flavours. Long, linear acidity flows through the palate. The wine finishes with supple and relatively soft tannins that will ensure medium term cellaring.
JEREMY OLIVER OVERALL RATING: 95
PRICE PER BOTTLE: $72.00