Scorpo Pinot Noir

Scorpo Pinot Noir 2017

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria   |    750ml   |    13.5%

Paul Scorpo produces some truly superb fruit from his meticulously planted vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula. With the help of Sandro Moselle, Scorpo has built a reputation for making some of the Peninsula’s finest wines.

This 2017 Scorpo PInot Noir is already looks very composed, with plenty of red fruit and oak already integrated. Medium bodied, this feels perfumed and pure and clean-fruited in the mouth; a touch of plushness - just right - pulpy and balanced, and the acidity nicely nudges it through. Fresh. Lovely fruit, and very well put together - this is a top class Mornington Peninsula Pinot from Scorpo.

"96 Points. Hand-picked MV6 and Abel clones fermented separately with very different vinification, matured for 13 months in French oak (20% new). Deep, clear crimson-purple; powerful, deep and rich, yet no hint of over-extraction. Luscious plum and dark berry fruit tells you to take no liberties. Top stuff with a spicy savoury finish. Will live for many years on the pinot calendar. $55.00 13.5% alc. Drink By: 2037 Screwcap" - James Halliday,

Availability: In stock

Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
The Scorpos searched for four years to find the ideal site for their vineyard. Having extensively researched the Mornington Peninsula’s cool, maritime microclimates, they already knew that this area was the perfect place for their project. Driving through the ridge systems on the Peninsula one day they happened upon a ‘For Sale’ sign on a parcel of land - a defunct cherry and apple orchard originally planted in the 1900s - nestled in the rolling hills halfway between Port Phillip Bay and Westernport. Through the Welsh ponies, the pine trees, and the abandoned stables, machinery and sheds they could see the untapped potential of this site.

The Scorpo vineyard offers the perfect combination of land, aspect, soil type and microclimate. The vines are planted on red/blown, clay/loam soils derived from Tertiary Eocene (40 million years old) Older Volcanics, between an altitude of 70–100m on a North-North-East facing 10% slope - a brilliant suntrap and ideal drainage to slowly grow and ripen grapes.

The selection of varietals and clones used are based on substantial research and experimentation; vineyards are planted to Pinot Noir (3 ha), Chardonnay (1 ha), Pinot Gris (3.5 ha), and Shiraz (0.5 ha). Layout is based on vines spaced at 1.5m apart with 2.75m between rows. About six years ago, two more blocks were close-planted with vines 1m apart along the rows and 2.5m between rows.
Mornington Peninsula
The fruit is grown on the Scorpo family vineyard. The Pinot Noir grapes (MV6 and Abel) were picked by hand and given a three-day cold soak before natural-yeast fermentation in stainless steel with a small portion of whole clusters included. Pressed after the start of fermentation, with 20% in new oak and the remainder in 1- to 3-year-old barrels. Suitable for vegans.

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