FROMM Pinot Noir Quarters Vineyard 2016
5 Stars, 18.5+/20
"Full, even, light ruby-red colour with some depth and light garnet hues on the edge. The nose is softly full and gently voluminous with a rounded core of dark-red berry fruit harmoniously melded with subtle notes of fresh and dark herbs and lifted red florals. The nose is expressed with softness, delicacy and detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is full and accessible with sweetly rich, mouthfilling flavours of dark-red berry fruit intermixed with fragrant dark herbs and dark-red florals. The fruit is succulent, and balanced by fine, grainy-textured tannin structure that provides plenty of mouthfeel, presence and fine grip. Soft, lacy acidity lends energy and the wine carries to a long, sweet, red-fruited finish. This is a mouthfilling Pinot Noir with succulent red berry fruit and subtle notes of herbs and florals with plenty of texture and presence. Match with wild duck and pork over the next 6+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 115, 777, Abel and 5, from the ‘Quarters’ vineyard, Brancott Valley, vines 17-19 y.o., fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with many whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine spending approx. 3 weeks on skins and aged 16-18 months in 10% new French oak 228 L barrels. 870 bottles made."
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95 Points, 5 stars
"This is finely scented and immensely tempting on the nose, showing red/black cherry, raspberry, toasted almond and warm spice notes with a subtle herbal infusion. The palate displays excellent concentration and weight, wonderfully supported by bright fruit intensity and elegant savoury notes, finishing impressively long and pleasingly dry. Lower Brancott Valley. At its best: 2019 to 2026."