Schmolzer and Brown Brunnen Pinot Noir 2019


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The Wine

The 2018-19 growing season for us was marked by a quite heavy rainfall during Brunnen vineyard’s flowering period. Going on to make the berries a little larger than normal (for this dry-grown site) the resultant wine is more aromatically effusive than is perhaps typical, although the site’s hallmark tannin and natural acidity still identifies the wine readily.

A lifted and primary nose with lots of squishy cherry and raspberry, then a melange of warm spice, wood and lightly crushed herbage. The palate is youthful and shapeshifting, at once raspberry-ish and primary, and then also with gentle warm oak and the whisper of herbage peeking through with another swirl showing more blue fruits. Firm natural acidity and enough structural tannin to give this wine plenty of years ahead.

The Review

"110 dozen bottled. One day I’m going to go and take some video footage of the Brunnen vineyard because it really is a unique spot.

We’re in good territory here. Bass and treble are pitched just so, complexity comes unforced, it’s drinking well now but it will develop well. Darker cherry and forest berry characters, rippling acidity, undergrowth and fresh garden herbs, flowers intact. It’s a beautiful, fragrant, fine-fingered red wine."

93+Pts, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front