Whisson Lake Monopole Pinot Noir 2019
The fruit comes from the four rows adjacent to Andrie and Mark’s house. Each vintage, barrels from all plots are selected and tasted blindly in the assemblage process. Interestingly, the Monopole Pinot Noir always derives from those four rows. This parcel has the potential to produce outstanding quality fruit when given the right amount of attention throughout the seasons.
The grapes were fully destemmed, then wild fermented. The juice was left on skins for 2 weeks after the first fermentation under a layer of argon. The wine was then slowly aged for 20 months in old French oak barrels (10% shaved French oak barrels) and a tiny amount of sulphur was added. Only 270 bottles were produced.
The 2019 vintage of ‘Monopole’ for me represents the first time that this cuvee has represented such a seismic difference in character to the ‘White Label’. Its pseudo-French naming hints at parallels to the great wines of Burgundy, and though this is still undoubtedly an Adelaide Hills wine it displays overtones of some wines from that great region. This is a hauntingly beautiful Pinot Noir, quite reserved now, though already possesses magnificent darker cherry fruits, licorice root and violets. Some early secondary notes like game meat, mushroom and peaty undergrowth add to the mystique here and point towards its future potential. The palate has huge acidity, good tannins and overall so much structure. Needs years but such an impressive and beautiful wine.