Bass Phillip leads with its chin

The back-label of Bass Phillip’s newly released 2019 Reserve Pinot Noir reads: “The Reserve is Australia’s leading pinot noir.”Well, it’s important to believe in your product!If they mean ‘leading’ in terms of price, they’re right. No other Aussie pinot comes within coo-ee of its AUD $825 price tag.Some might see it as an example of leading with your chin. So how good is this wine?In a word, spect…

New Release 2019: A Vintage of Transition

Early access for Bass Phillip Club Members.Just as dormant grapevines awaken to breaking buds, the 2019 vintage is one of transition with the promise of a new dawn. With the well-deserved retirement of our founder Phillip Jones, the year's winemaking was a collaboration between Mr Jones and our new Chief Winemaker, Jean-Marie Fourrier. Bringing the same uncompromising passion for quality at every…

The DRC of the southern hemisphere

Australia's most famous Pinot producer has changed hands. Max finds out what is planned, and hoped for.When I visited Phillip Jones at Bass Phillip vineyard in Gippsland, south-east of Melbourne, in late February, the 74-year-old winemaker gave no indication he was in the final, stressful stages of selling his beloved business. Instead, Jones was in fine form. Entertainingly irascible as ever, he…

New release of the 2018 vintage is now available to Bass Phillip Club Members

The 2018 harvest produced an abundance of fruit of extremely high quality. More importantly, these fruit exhibited secondary flavours which resulted in wines that are imbued with femininity and length, balanced with good natural acidity, finishing harmoniously across the palate. Textured and long, the wines are outstanding and should improve well in the cellar over the next five to ten years.…

BASS PHILLIP 2018: TASTING & REVIEWS BY JAMESSUCKLING.COM

Previous owner Phillip Jones getting to work back in 2009. New Bass Phillip owner Jean-Marie Fourrier in his Burgundy vineyards. Legendary Australian pinot noir producer Bass Phillip was sold to a consortium of three buyers a few weeks ago, March 31, right on the cusp of the 2020 h…

Critics Reviews and Market Recognition of the Bass Phillip Wines

Market RecognitionRecognition has been regular since 2000, when the top three wines were included in the “Langton’s Classification of Australian Wines: the Reserve, Premium and Estate pinot noirs, with the Reserve placed next to Penfolds Grange, at the top of the table. This is the only official classification of Australian wines, now revised every four years. Since 2000, the Reserve and Premium…