Two mates. A primo block of Pinot Meunier in the Adelaide Hills. Minimal, garagiste winemaking. A new label with plenty of personality, a delicious look at this grape rarely seen unblended.
Fitz & Gibbon Pinot Meunier 2019$ 38.00 incl. GST
From vines planted in 2004, this Pinot Meunier vineyard sits over the road from the famed Ashton Hills site in the Piccadilly Valley subregion of the Adelaide Hills. Vines sit around 580 metres above sea level. Fruit is all hand harvested and mostly destemmed into small half tonne vats, with a few whole bunches added. Plunging is 2 – 3 times daily, and the wine sees no oak, with texture and complexity built via batonnage. No acid, tannins or fining agents are added (only minimal sulphur at bottling), with the wine vegan suitable. Roughly 170 dozen produced.
A bright and expressive wine with rose petal redness. The nose is complex with strawberry, Turkish Delight and quince fruit, with fresh perky acidity and red fruits with a pull between sweet and savoury characters. Fresh and pretty on all levels, plenty of detail and complexities if you’re looking, but overall simply super delicious and guzzlable.
“Juicy. Spicy. Fun. Strawberries. Raspberries. Roses. Medium-bodied, a bit of complexity, with ease of drinking built in. A lick of tannin, soft but sure acidity, some orange peel, and a ripe watermelon finish of fine length. You could chill it a little, or serve it at normal red wine temperature (not mutually exclusive, I might add). Yum.” 92 points, Gary Walsh, Winefront