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28 July 2014

Bass River Single Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir

Our newly released 2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir has been awarded 95/100 from James Halliday's Wine Companion 2015 and 92/100 from Gary Walsh of Wine Front. This wine was award Top Gold at the Cowra Wine Show 2014.

James Halliday - Wine Companion - Tasted 25 March 2014

Our current 2013 Pinot Noir has been awarded 95/100 from James Halliday’s Wine Companion.

James Halliday writes:

Estate-grown clones 114, 777, G5v15 and MV6, hand-picked, destemmed whole berries, extended cold soak and wild yeast-fermented; pressed into French barriques (30% new), until Feb ’14; 150 dozen made. Very deep colour; it has amazing depth of black cherry fruit on the bouquet and palate, but no question about its varietal expression; the palate is well-balanced and particularly long, and the wine will continuously reveal more and more over the next 5 years before entering into an indefinite plateau.

The Pinot Noir was listed on the Wine Companion website as “Wine of the Week” on the 2 June 2014. See here:


Gary Walsh - Wine Front - Tasted May 2014

Tastes a little bit like a very good Marlborough Pinot Noir, which is of course not to say that Marlborough Pinot is usually not very good. Dark cherry, sweet peaty smoky earth and undergrowth, cinnamon spiced oak. Medium bodied, silky and spicy, with the dark cherry again, fine grip on the finish and even length. Minerally too, especially on the aftertaste. Tiny bit too sweet and herbal/tamarillo in flavour, but a very nice wine it is. Score 92/100

Wine Reviewer - Patrick Eckel - Tasted 31 May 2014

Bass River winery continues to impressive with single vineyard wines from the Gippsland region, this Pinot Noir has seen plenty of time on skin and lees with minimal handling and filtration, the result is a wine that gives generosity of fruit, but a commanding savoury structure and textural mouthfeel. The wine is medium red hue with a youthful purple tinge, the nose is gives depth of dark cherry but also shows extended lees contact with some savoury earthy influences. The wine has ample red cherry fruits, but maintains an earthy core with subtle oak induced spices providing additional texture. The tannins have a minerality to them and frame the cherry dominant finish.

Only 150 cases made so it won’t be around for long, and will certainly cellar. Score 94/100