The name of this wine ‘Mothervine’ is a reference to the Pinot Noir clone MV6. MV = Mothervine. This clone was brought out from Clos Vougeot by James Busby in December 1831. Maurice O’Shea planted it at Mount Pleasant in 1921 and the vineyard is on original rootstock ie. not grafted. The vineyard has some of the oldest pinot noir vines in Australia and O’Shea used to blend these grapes into his Shiraz.
Hand-picked and crushed to tank with the inclusion of around 10% whole bunches. A 3-day cold soak before fermentation with the cap plunged three time daily. Pressed to oak for malolactic fermentation on completion of primary ferment, racked and returned for maturation in French puncheons (with 20% new ) for 8 months before bottling.
It is an elegant pinot with raspberry, cherry fruit aplenty tempered by an exotic spice blend and some earthiness. The old vines give a soft suppleness to the tannins. The fruit finishes with freshness. This wine is not only a remarkable snapshot of this grape’s history in Australia. It is also very drinkable now. Alternatively it is a good cellar candidate. McWilliams Wines
Winefront tasting notes :
Red fruit and brown spices, a little bit of earth, and oak very much in the background. It’s medium-bodied, fresh and quietly firm in tannin, finishes brisk and long. It’s a delight to drink. Love it.
Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : Oct 2017
Drink : 2018 - 2027