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Handpicked Collection Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2018

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Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Pinot Noir

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Handpicked Collection Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2018

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Producer: Handpicked Wines

Country: Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

Vintage: 2018

Critic Score: 96

Alcohol: 12.9%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2028


Lovely structure and density to this. Acidity, palpably natural. A richly tapestried pinot - Ned Goodwin

Trophy, Best Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir - 2019 Australian Pinot Noir Challenge

The Handpicked Collection range is a set of premium wines that encapsulate the best characteristics of each region. The 2018 Collection Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from four vineyards in the region, including fruit from Handpicked's flagship Capella Vineyard in Bittern. A worthy winner of the Trophy for the Best Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir at the 2019 Australian Pinot Noir Challenge, which attracted more than 200 entries from around Australia. It scored 95 points, the same score as the ultimate winner of the Challenge.

"Quite fragrant. Fresh cherry, berry flavours. Violets, I'm certainly getting a floral lift there. It's what I would describe as a high energy pinot noir - a wine that is really food friendly. It's one that's got good acidity. A vibrant, active wine. Stuart Knox gave this 95 points and I support Stuart on that absolutely. It's #5 of 72 2018 Pinot Noirs from Mornington Peninsula, so that's right up the top there. It's a delicious food wine and would go really well with duck. I managed to spit it out, which is no small achievement really!"  Bob Campbell MW 

"This Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir is from select vineyards in Red Hill, Main Ridge, Tuerong and our own Capella Vineyard in Bittern, making it a true representation of the region and the season. The fruit was harvested by hand at the end of February, chilled overnight, then destemmed and vinified in open fermenters with hand plunging. About 10% was fermented in whole bunches to increase red fruit aromas and tannin complexity. The wine was matured for 11 months in a mix of new and seasoned oak barriques from a selection of Burgundian coopers."  Handpicked Wines

Handpicked Collection Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2018 - Bob Campbell Bob Campbell reviews the 2018 Handpicked Collection Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir (29:30 into the video)

Expert reviews

"A blend of fruit from four vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula that showcases the regional and varietal characters to perfection. The aromas are wonderful, displaying an abundance of wild strawberries and cherries. The medium-bodied palate bristles with quality and is long, plush and sappy with an abundant depth of red fruits. Quite delicious and one of my go-to wines."  Nick Munday, Canterbury Wines - 96 points and Special Value Wine  ★ 

"Fecund strawberry notes careen along gently fibrous tannins, expansive and spindly. Acidity, palpably natural. Lovely structure and density to this. Light years ahead of the Yarra Collection. A richly tapestried pinot. Drink by2025."  Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion - 95 points

"Quite fragrant. Fresh cherry, berry flavours. Violets, I'm certainly getting a floral lift there. It's what I would describe as a high energy pinot noir - a wine that is really food friendly. It's one that's got good acidity. A vibrant, active wine.

Stuart Knox gave this 95 points and I support Stuart on that absolutely. It's #5 of 72 2018 Pinot Noirs from Mornington Peninsula, so that's right up the top there. It's a delicious food wine and would go really well with duck. I managed to spit it out, which is no small achievement really!"  Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review - 95 points

"Dark fruits kick us off on the nose. Palate-weight and drive is certainly on the fuller end of the spectrum, dark cherries abound with some wood spices adding layers. Quite richly-textured, with tannin just holding it in check. Drink: 2020-2026."  Stuart Knox, The Real Review - 95 points

Australian Pinot Noir Challenge 2019 - 95 points

Awards

Trophy, Best Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir - 2019 Australian Pinot Noir Challenge
Gold Medal - 2019 Australian Pinot Noir Challenge
Special Value Wine – Canterbury Wines  


Vineyards

Handpicked Capella Vineyard

Capella Vineyard, Mornington Peninsula

The Capella Vineyard is a small ultra-premium vineyard near the shores of Western Port on the Mornington Peninsula. The vineyard is planted with 5.2 ha of Pinot Noir and 1.6 ha of Chardonnay. The oldest vines (6ha) were planted in 2009 and a new block of Pinot Noir was planted in 2015 with the aim of providing more clonal variation in the vineyard. Soils are grey clay loam and there is a strong maritime influence, with moderating winds year-round.

The vines are planted around a lake that is home to a thriving community of resident and migratory birds, including our signature black swans. The vineyard is in a protected zone known as the 'green wedge', a ring of environmentally-significant land surrounding Melbourne and often called the 'lungs' of the city. 

Handpicked Auburn Road Vineyard

Auburn Road Vineyard, Tasmania

Auburn Road Vineyard is on the western bank of the Tamar River in the north of Tasmania. Handpicked Wines purchased the property in 2018 with five hectares under vine; a further five hectares were planted in spring 2020. The vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The vineyard has views to the north over the Tamar River estuary and Bass Strait, which exerts a strong maritime influence. Stands of indigenous forest and an abundance of native wildlife and birds, including majestic wild peacocks, complete the picture at this idyllic place in a very special corner of the world.

Handpicked Native Point Vineyard

Native Point Vineyard, Tasmania

The Native Point Vineyard is located on the eastern bank of the Tamar River. Handpicked purchased the vineyard in 2019 from Sheena and Tim High, first-class growers from whom they had purchased grapes over many years.

Its north-westerly aspect and position in Swan Bay, about 50km inland from Bass Strait, make Native Point one of the warmer sites in Tasmania and it has the advantage of good rainfall and irrigation dams. There are five hectares under vine, planted to a mix of Pinot Noir clones, Riesling and Pinot Gris. There are plans to double that area beginning in spring 2020 and the new planting will include Pinot Noir and Gamay.

Handpicked Wombat Creek Vineyard

Wombat Creek Vineyard, Yarra Valley

Wombat Creek is the most elevated vineyard in the Yarra Valley, making it uniquely situated for the production of premium cool climate wines. At 424m above sea level, it is a true cool-climate vineyard with a reliable annual rainfall of around 1200mm. Mature Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines are planted on north and west-facing hills near Gladysdale in the outer reaches of the Upper Yarra Valley. There are 16 ha under vine – 6 ha of Chardonnay and 10 of Pinot Noir. The soils are free-draining volcanic loams. A light covering of snow is not uncommon in winter when the vines are dormant, but the steep slopes allow frost to drain away and protect the tender shoots from freezing temperatures in spring.

From the crest of the highest hill at Wombat Creek, steep slopes of vines stretch to the north. At the bottom of the vineyard there is a spring-fed pond covered in water lilies; this is the source of Wombat Creek, which trickles through the hills, joining Hoddles Creek a few kilometres to the north-west and ultimately emptying into the meandering Yarra River. To the north, looking over dense Mountain Ash forest and folds of green hills dotted with wombat holes, the blue horizon is dominated by the saddleback ridge of Mt Donna Buang. The surrounding forest, fern gullies and creeks are home to platypus, lyrebirds, kangaroos, wallabies and, of course, wombats.

Handpicked Highbow Hill VineyardHighbow Hill Vineyard, Yarra Valley 

Highbow Hill Vineyard is 40 hectares of established vines planted on rolling hills just north of Yarra Glen village in the Yarra Valley. The vineyard takes its name from Highbow Hill, the dominant feature on the eastern boundary of the property. The soils are sandy loam over clay and gravel over mudstone and there is an abundance of native flora and fauna, including wombats and kangaroos.

The vineyard was originally planted in 1997/98 to 33ha of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Marsanne. New plantings (7ha) of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet were added in 2015 and 2016.

As you enter the property over the brow of a hill looking north, a long driveway takes you through the vines to a central dam and provides panoramic views looking over the Yarra Valley. Like Capella Vineyard, Highbow Hill is in Melbourne's 'green wedge' zone and is protected by local and state laws as an area of outstanding natural beauty with important environmental value.

Handpicked Watunga Road Vineyard

Watunga Road Vineyard, Barossa Valley  

The 12ha Watunga Road Vineyard, located in Koonunga on the flat floor of the Barossa Valley, has old bush vine Grenache (planted mid-1970s) and Shiraz planted in 1976/77 and 1998/99. New plantings in 2016 included Grenache to replace natural losses of old vines and a new Shiraz block. Drip irrigation was installed in 2015 to insure against drought in this warm, arid zone and to improve general soil health. However, water is used sparingly and strictly according to seasonal need, as well as availability of this precious resource. 

About the winery

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Handpicked Wines is a family-owned, multi-regional business that focuses on the production of high-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their winery is located in the Mornington Peninsula adjacent to their flagship vineyard Capella, but they also own top quality vineyards in the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and Barossa Valley.

Handpicked Wines produce three tiers of wine; a Single Vineyard range, a Collection range and a budget Regional Selections range.

The Single Vineyard releases, as the name implies, are sourced from their six vineyards; the Capella Vineyard in the Mornington Peninsula, the Wombat Creek and Highbow Hill Vineyards in the Yarra Valley, the Auburn Road and Native Point Vineyards in Tasmania's Tamar Valley, and the Watunga Road Vineyard in the Barossa Valley.

The Collection range, which sits below the Single Vineyard range, is a set of premium wines that encapsulate the best characteristics of each region. Fruit is sourced from their own vineyards and other top quality leased vineyards. Director of winemaking Peter Dillon travels extensively to oversee quality throughout the regions; he and assistant winemaker Rohan Smith work closely with a team of viticulturists who manage the vineyards.

"Handpicked Wines founder and managing director William Dong admits that he came into the wine industry knowing little about the challenges ahead; he just loved wine and wanted to make wines that people would want to share together. It didn't take long to realise that to make truly great wines that express the best of their region he would need to invest in special vineyards and passionate people.

Capella Vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula was the first vineyard purchased, in 2013. It remains Handpicked's spiritual home and where our winemakers are based. We now own six vineyards in Mornington, Yarra Valley, Tasmania and Barossa Valley. In other regions in Australia and around the world we work with exceptional growers who have become part of the Handpicked family over many years.

We've come a long way - our team has grown, we make more wines in more regions, we've won a lot of trophies, received great reviews, thrown some epic parties and begun an exciting journey into organics - but our purpose to share the love of wine has not wavered. And as William would say, 'The real journey starts today.'"  Handpicked Wines

Wine region map of Victoria

Victoria

Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 wine regions. The regions are Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Heathcote, Henty, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Murray Darling, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, Strathbogie Ranges, Sunbury, Swan Hill, Upper Goulburn and Yarra Valley.

Victoria's first vines were planted at Yering in the Yarra Valley in 1838. By 1868 over 3,000 acres had been planted in Victoria, establishing Victoria as the premier wine State of the day. Today, the original vineyards planted at Best's Wines are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world.

Victoria's climate varies from hot and dry in the north to cool in the south and each wine region specialises in different varietals. For example, Rutherglen in the north is famous for its opulent Muscats and Topaque and bold reds, while the many cooler climate regions near Melbourne produce world class Chardonnay and pinot Noir. Victoria is truly a wine lover's playground.