A new label from experienced hands
Duncan Ferguson and Susana Fernandez earned note and acclaim during their time at Cascabel, McLaren Vale, a label renowned for alternative varieties. Having sold the operation and seeking a change, the couple relocated to the Huon Valley in southern Tasmania, with a vision for true cool climate viticulture.
While the new estate's plantings become established, fruit has been sourced from good local growers to comprise this first release Pinot Noir, with a Chardonnay soon to follow. Ethos is toward wines of elegance and perfume, and we are delighted to introduce this new chapter of the Ferguson and Fernandez winemaking journey.
Altaness pinot noir 2016
Minimally handled to express place, this is a ravishing Pinot with an amazing energy. Handpicked and wild fermented with 30% whole bunches, and no additions bar minimal sulphur dioxide. Two weeks on skins before spending 14 months in French oak barrels, 25% new, then naturally settled in tank and bottled unfiltered.
Complex and intriguing nose of pine, sandalwood perfume and cloves, underscored with some meatiness from the wild ferment. Acidity is refreshing, with blackberry, clove, twigs and forest berries. Tannins are fine, pinpoint even, with invigorating natural acidity nodding to the wine’s cool grown origins. Savoury, multi-layered, and very much a food wine.