2013 Helen's Hill Estate "Old Block Reserve - MV6 Clone" Pinot Noir SKU #1281961


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Winemaker's Notes: "Our single clone Reserve Pinot Noir range will take the vineyard and wine selection process to the next level. The best way to describe it is "more" of everything. More work in the vineyard in terms of row, vine and right the way down to individual bunch selection. A little more new oak. More time in barrel. An even more rigorous tasting process. More time in bottle before release. About the only thing that we don’t do is more winemaking. Our reserve wines still have the "less is more" approach and ensure that we live up to our ethos of delivering Mother Nature to your mouth. Made entirely from the MV6 clone, our Old Block Reserve Pinot Noir truly reflects the unique characteristics of Australia’s very own Pinot Noir clone. MV stands for Mother Vine - the original vines were propagated from cuttings from the famed Clos Vougeot vineyard in France’s Burgundy region. The vines in the old block were planted in 1980, they are old and gnarly which means that they are by nature low yielding and consistently express both varietal and terroir characteristic’s with the minimum of fuss. In terms of flavour profile, the MV6 clone is famous for the deep cherry and dark strawberry characters with hints of spice. Firm tannins but more back palate orientated. The MV6 clone has a more savoury tone to its flavour profile. Dried fruits, herbs and spice. A more elegant and complex nose and palate."

Staff Reviews

  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    The deep, rich, slightly savory nose on this Pinot Noir hits you right away and provides a great example of how expressive this grape can be. This refined wine from Helen's Hill gives a rare and unique glimpse into what a single clone of Pinot Noir can taste like, as many other wineries blend clones before they get to bottle. It is round and rich on the palate, but the minerality and acidity elevate those flavors and create brightness to the dark fruit and earthy elements. This Pinot is slightly broody and has layers of complexity not always present in a single clone. This is truly an incredible value for such a high-end Pinot. For a fun tasting night, pick up a bottle of Helen's Hill Range View to compare single clones side by side.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Such a cool wine. I could spend half an hour with this wine without even taking a sip. The nose is constantly changing a taking on new dimensions. It's earthy, gamey - then spicy and floral, shape shifting with each swirl. On the palate the wine is quite savory. Dusty fruits, smoked meat, some blood or iron notes. With time and air more dark rose petal aromas emerge and the fruit takes on some more density and richness. The mineral laden finish is long and intriguing, dry and moreish. It's almost like you can sense the vine's intimate relationship with this place and they are more interested in speaking of earth than of fruit. I'd love to put this in a Burgundy tasting and see how many people it fools.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    I was lucky enough to visit Helen's Hill this past February on my trip to Australia and I was absolutely blown away by the operation and the incredible commitment to quality in the vineyards there. Tasting the 2013 Helen's Hill "Old Block Reserve" with Allan back at the winery was a memorable experience because I have to admit—I thought he may have been pulling my leg by doing a little switcharoo with a bottle of Burgundy. I couldn't believe how Burgundian the wine tasted. It wasn't the bright or juicy style of pinot noir I had been tasting throughout my other appointments in the Yarra. It tasted much more like Volnay with subdued fruit, hints of earth and forest floor, with grittier tannins on the finish. I honestly couldn't believe it was Australian—not because I didn't think Australian pinot noir could be that delicious, but because I didn't think these types of wines existed outside the Côte d'Or.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    A dark, broad, deep and brooding nose on this one. Earth, spice and forest floor with subdued dark cherry notes. But Clean! It is something that I didn't realize that I was missing until you find it! Structured on the palate, with tannins and acid that grab and lead you down a delightful trail of earthy, spicy Pinot goodness. The tannins are super fine and polished, friendly but persistent. The acid has just the right amount of bite to it all of which is supported by cool dark fruits. The longer it is opened the more expressive they become. One of my new favorites.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow! I said out loud on first nosing. This incredible juicy open and refreshing Pinot is one of the most drinkable $25 Pinot I've come across in years. The nose is fragrant with hibiscus, bright red cherry, and clean as a whistle. On the palate medium acidity keeps it juicy as can be, reminding me of the most quaffable Burgundian at about half the price. Maybe it could Fixin or Aloxe-Corton, but at this price you'd never guess it. A fabulous wine for those who really want to easy drinking Pinot with out the headache.


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