Quercus Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008

John Ellis is the third under this name to be actively involved in the wine industry. His background as a former 747 pilot, and the knowledge he gained of Burgundy over many visits, sets him apart from the others. He has established pinot noir (10 ha), chardonnay (8 ha) and pinot gris (2 ha) on the red soils of a north-facing slope. He chose a density of 7150 vines per ha, following as far as possible the precepts of Burgundy, but limited by tractor size, which precludes narrower row spacing and even higher plant density. Exports to the UK, the US, Denmark, Singapore and Japan.

Bright crimson; it has black cherry fruit on the bouquet and a long, layered palate, its mouthfeel slippery one moment, textured (by fine tannins) the next.

Rating 94 Drink 2016