Michael Hall Sang de Pigeon Pinot Noir 2021


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Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Grape: Pinot Noir
First Glance: Vibrant, lifted, spicy
Acclaim: 90 points

Michael hall was originally in the business of valuating jewellery, working in his native London and in Switzerland. Wine had always been a passion, and at 40, Michael uprooted his life and career, and moved to Australia to pursue winemaking. A wine science degree later, and following a number of years working for iconic top producers both here and abroad in Burgundy and the Rhone valley, Michael now focuses entirely on his eponymous label.

The Sang de Pigeon label is Michael's entry range, but what an entry! The Pinot Noir is sourced from the Adelaide Hills. Grapes were hand-picked in late March and early April from vineyards in Lenswood, Piccadilly and Balhannah, fermented in open fermenter and closed puncheons with 15% whole bunches. Matured for 11 months in French oak (15% new). A cool-climate expression with herbal and savoury edges.

The review:
90 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
Silky yet tart expression of pinot noir. Zesty red berry compote, watermelon granita, a tomato leaf element and some sappy tannins doing their thing. An edgy pinot noir of skittish nature but pleasant nonetheless. A savoury, wooded herb flavour lingers nicely. It’s easy to let the mind wander with such wines.