Hurley Vineyard 2017 Pinot Noirs
Winery : Hurley Vineyard
Kevin Bell and Tricia Byrnes of Mornington's Hurley Vineyard make pinot noir with great integrity and the utmost attention to detail to celebrate the unique qualities of the different 'climats' of their Mornington site. There was no separate Lodestone made in this vintage. The Estate wine has some barrels of both Garamond and Lodestone, making it one of the best ever releases.
Tasting notes by Kevin Bell -
2017 Hurley Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir: The colour is bright ruby. There is a complex and heady nose of sour cherries, raspberries, red currents, dried herbs and charcuterie meats. A closely-knitted palate of medium weight carries deep flavours of red and black fruits of the forest with savoury elements that are enveloped in ultra-fine, mouth-coating tannins. The wine is balanced and supple and finishes freshly with flare and persistence.
2017 Hurley Vineyard Hommage Pinot Noir: North-east facing vineyard of clones G5V15 (75%) and MV6 (25%). The colour is bright ruby-garnet, a little deeper than the Estate. The nose gives up aromas of sour cherries, red currents and Mortadella, as well as dried herbs, almond kernels and kicked wet clay. A coiled-spring palate seamlessly carries intense flavours of black cherries and blood plums which are balanced by a vibrant acidity, all embedded in the familiar creamy, silky texture of this vineyard. Here too is a clear, persistent and expressive finish, which has a lick of plum sauce.
2017 Hurley Vineyard Garamond Pinot Noir SOLD OUT: East facing, clone MV6. Bright ruby-garnet, with depth. Garamond is the coolest vineyard and is moderated by the little valley it overlooks. Airy aromas of perfectly ripe cherries, summer fruits, violets and dried herbs. The palate is saturated with pure flavours of squishy red, blue and black forest fruits, balanced by racy natural acidity. There is layer upon layer of detail and interest. A taught structural frame (that will open with time) supports the wine in the palate from attack to exit but the texture is beautifully supple due to silky, fruit-derived tannins. The ending is flaring and gloriously persistent.