This is a very strong follow-up to the inaugural 2015 release. Aromas of bright red cherries carry bright, spicy and lightly earthy nuances on the nose. Flavors of fresh red and black cherries are swathed in gently creamy baking-spice complexity. The tannins run smooth, fine and even. Drink or hold.
The second vintage of a new label named after Fromm winemaker, Hätsch Kalberer. Taut, pure Pinot Noir with dark cherry, blackcurrant, violet and subtle herbal flavours supported by fine and integrated tannins. An impressive wine with a Fromm signature.
Even ruby-red colour with a hint of garnet, a little lighter edged. The nose is softly full, a little restrained in expression, but unfolding a layered aromatic array showing dark-red berry fruits with hints of liquorice, herbs and spice nuances, and ethereal red florals. This is refined and gentle in expression. Medium-bodied, the palate is rich and sweet with lusciously succulent flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit, melded with notes of liquorice and spices, and some lifted oak. The fruit flavours gently fill the palate and are supported by very fine-grained tannins with balanced acidity. The wine carries with drive and fine textural grip, leading to an elegant, lingering finish. This is a sweetly rich and succulent Pinot Noir with an array of red fruits, and nuances of liquorice and spices along with fragrant florals on a very fine-textured palate. Match with poultry, pork and beef dishes over the next 6+ years. A blend of 5 complete single vineyard wines, these being ‘Clayvin’, ‘Fromm’, ‘Quarters’, ‘Churton’ and ‘Yarrum’, clones 115, 667 and 777, comprising approx. 80% with 5, Abel and 6, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with many whole berries to 13.0% alc., the wine spending approx. 3 weeks on skins and aged 14-16 months in 10% new French oak 228 L barrels. Certified BioGro organic. 375 cases made.
A blend of the single-vineyard sites, the 2016 Cuvee H Pinot Noir isn't as concentrated as the 2015, but it remains a serious drop of Pinot Noir. A hint of cedar accents maraschino cherries on the nose, followed by a medium-bodied wine of exceptional texture and purity. The silky tannins linger on the finish, mingling with red berries in an exciting fruity-savory tango. (JC)
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