Having adored every release of this wine since 2000 it was with great anticipation that I opened the 2006 model. It’s good alright. Probably as good as the vintage that preceded it. It’s no shrinking violet. 79% Pinot Noir, 21% Chardonnay, five years on lees. It’s sourced from the Whitlands vineyard which sits at an altitude of 800m in the King Valley.
A perfect study in opulent elegance. Nutty and yeasty as you’d expect but there’s a fine line of lemon citrus and a creamy mouthfeel. The bead is persistent and wonderfully tiny. Soft acidity caresses rather than grates. Red cherry fruit from the Pinot, brioche, honey coated almonds then plenty of lemon and apple before a salt cracker finish. I could drink a lot of this. What’s more, I can (almost) afford to. Excellent – Exceptional
Region: King Valley
Tasted: May 2012