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 the critics. This one has the most burgundian structure of all the Crown Prince pinots: long & gentle tannins. Quite fresh and balanced. Popular “by-the-glass” wine in many restaurants.
A broad spectrum of rich fruits sitting on a platform of complex acidity, which make this wine very food-friendly. Without the great length of our top three pinots, this Crown Prince lingers with clean, spicey, complex flavours …. very satisfying on its own or with most main-course dishes. Suitable to drink now, or over the next five years. (Phillip Jones 2019)
INDEPENDENT INDUSTRY REVIEW:
There’s a very floral and gently sappy edge to the nose with crushed roses and light red cherries. The palate has a very bright, strawberry and wild-cherry edge. Fine and bright. Drink now. (Nick Stock for James Suckling Wine Reviews, June 29th, 2019)
“Bass Phillip has been invited again to exhibit wines at the James Suckling 100 Great Wines of the World exhibitions in Hong Kong, Beijing & Seoul later this year”.
“Dangerously drinkable now….”
Ambrosial bouquet of bright red cherry, Kirsch-like fragrance, raspberry and pomegranate with hints of clove and cinnamon spiciness, subtle dried herbs amongst a background of cold granite mineral earthiness. Medium-bodied, nicely textured and gentle with a measured plushness and vibrancy of crunchy intense red berry fruits lifted by crisp acidity all engulfing the palate with a wonderful energy as it races across the palate, excellent line and length with persistent fruit and lingering tanginess, dark silky tannins with hints of oolong tea and bark, quite steely and on the farewell with an indelible long finish, a real mouthful of pinot, dangerously drinkable now but will continue to evolve for 5 years or more. (Curtis Marsh
, April 2019)
PRODUCTION NOTE: Bottled without fining or filtration. Procork closure.
CURRENT VINTAGE: 2017
OUR RATING: 95 (winery)
PRICE PER BOTTLE: $60
RECOMMENDED RETAIL: usually $66.00 per bottle.