"A lovely Pinot Noir by Lonely Shore
- Nigella Lawson
It’s a smoky, reductive, complex release. Bunchy but with boysenberry and red/black cherry fruit flavour running energetically throughout. There are herb and spice notes aplenty here, along with juicy acidity, and very, very fine tannin. It has plenty to say now, plenty that impresses, but its best is ahead of it, arguably. Most notable about this release is its balance; of all the various facets.
Hand-picked fruit from the DeiTos vineyard (planted 1996), 20% whole bunches, matured for 8 months in French oak (20% new). As is usual for this vineyard, the fruit is on the darker end of the spectrum: mulberry, black licorice, black cherry and exotic spice. The palate is structured, tannic and a wee bit grungy, propped up by a stemmy, bunchy character mid palate that lifts it way up. The acidity is cooling and woven through the finish. Another very smart release from Lonely Shore.
Gold 95 points
Erin Larkin: Black pepper, strawberry, bright life and lift. The palate has a structural integrity that I like, and a clarity too. It speaks of stemminess and almost sappy fruit (in a good way). Love the drawn-out length. It has a red jube character on the finish. Black salted licorice. Really interesting. Lingering and dry…. sinewy in a sexy kind of way. Serious length. Soft tannins. Fruit quality beyond price level.
Fruit is handpicked, cold soaked and fermented in two parcels. When stems are ripe a whole bunch component is fermented separately which is roughly 10% of the blend [15% in 2019]. It is then basket pressed and gravity movement is used as much as possible. It spends 8 months in French oak (10% new) and bottled unfined and unfiltered.”
John Jens: “Lean, lingering w gentle tannins. Classy.
18.3 points /20