2020 Mulline Drysdale Pinot Noir
100% NV6 clone planted in the Nurringa Park vineyard, a little further back from the ocean than the Chardonnay block but still heavily maritime
influenced. Sandy loam, dark clay and Limestone. 50% whole-bunch ferment then pressed off to barrel, 30% new oak, 9 months elevage. Ben points out
that this site gives more density, opposite to what it gives the Chardonnay block.
“The brightest and most aromatic Pinot Noir of the range. More whole bunches normally trying to build some cab-mac aromatics into the blend.
Oak use is more subtle, using a lighter toast barrel and more savoury in the profile. The site has been the first to be picked since we have been getting
the fruit, and normally larger bunches. The site also gets a lot more rain than the Sutherlands Creek and Drysdale sites, due to how close it is to the
water” - Ben Mullen
"Single vineyard, all MV6, planted 1998. 25% whole bunches. Open ferment, wild. No new oak but 50% saw second-fill oak. The wine sat with no movement for 8 months and was bottled unfined and with minimal filtration. 100 dozen made. Light in colour but terrifically complex, structured and long. Excellent wine. Twigs, spices, cranberries and red cherries. Savoury and dry but with enough juice. Touch of velvet to the tannin; graphite too; woodsmoke; cloves. As light as it is, this is a pinot with that extra something. It’s just a bit special." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)