HELENS HILL OLD BLOCK RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2013
Made entirely from the MV6 clone, Helen's Hill Old Block Reserve Pinot Noir truly reflects the unique characteristics of Australia’s very own Pinot Noir clone. (The MV6 clone was propagated in Griffiths, MV stands for Mother Vine, the original vines were propagated from cuttings from the famed Clos Vougeot vineyard in France’s Burgundy region.) The vines in the old block were planted in 1980, so are well into the 3rd decade, and as such require minimal work with regard to monitoring fruit loads. By the very fact that they are old and gnarly means that they are by nature low yielding and consistently express both varietal and terroir characteristic’s with the minimum of fuss. In terms of flavour profile, the MV6 clone is famous for the deep cherry and dark strawberry characters with hints of spice. Firm tannins but more back palate orientated. Unlike the Pommard clone that expresses meaty, gamey characters, the MV6 clone has a more savoury tone to its flavour profile. Dried fruits, herbs and spice. A more elegant and complex nose and palate.