Bicknell FC ‘Applecross’
Pinot Noir 2018
Yarra Valley, Victoria

$50.00

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Style: Red: Pure, lifted, floral and silken

Producer: Bicknell FC

Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria

Grape: Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2018

Soil: Red volcanic soil

Farming: Sustainable

Oak: Old oak

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: Not required

Serving Temperature: 16 – 18°C

The Wine: A warm vintage with a relatively early pick on the Prices Rd vineyard, on March 6th. The crop load this year was healthier 4.5 t/Ha, with a harvest analysis of 11.9° baume, 3.18 pH and 7.1 g/L of acid. The usual zone for picking on this slope.

Winemaking follows previous seasons – passively chilling the fruit overnight in a cool room, whole bunch pressing directly to 500 litre puncheons for fermentation. Fermentation occurring naturally and progressing to dryness over a three-week period. Once complete, sulphuring on its fermentation lees, and leaving until January 2019, when the vessels were blended into tank prior to bottling. Other than SO2, no additions were made to the wine.

A very pretty style of Pinot Noir. Purity of fruit and a haunting complexity of earth and spice. The palate is very fine, super elegant and deliciously delicate.

Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

Bicknell FC 'Applecross'

David Bicknell needs little introduction in Australian wine circles having worked for many years at de Bortoli and now at Oakridge where he was recently names Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine, Winemaker of the Year. Bicknell FC is a family winemaking project of Dave Bicknell and Nicky Harris. The project started as random wines from interesting sites, but as they have moved through the years, getting their eye in so to speak, they have settled into the good fortune of leasing one of those interesting sites: Val Stewart’s close planted vineyard. The current releases are the 2016 wines; these are all from Val Stewart’s vineyard at the top of the hill in Gladysdale. There is 1.0 Ha of chardonnay and 1.5 Ha of pinot noir. It was planted in 1988 with 3,660 plants/Ha, and sits between 332-363m ASL, in red volcanic soil.

Description

Review

Style: Red: Pure, lifted, floral and silken

Producer: Bicknell FC

Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria

Grape: Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2018

Soil: Red volcanic soil

Farming: Sustainable

Oak: Old oak

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: Not required

Serving Temperature: 16 – 18°C

The Wine: A warm vintage with a relatively early pick on the Prices Rd vineyard, on March 6th. The crop load this year was healthier 4.5 t/Ha, with a harvest analysis of 11.9° baume, 3.18 pH and 7.1 g/L of acid. The usual zone for picking on this slope.

Winemaking follows previous seasons – passively chilling the fruit overnight in a cool room, whole bunch pressing directly to 500 litre puncheons for fermentation. Fermentation occurring naturally and progressing to dryness over a three-week period. Once complete, sulphuring on its fermentation lees, and leaving until January 2019, when the vessels were blended into tank prior to bottling. Other than SO2, no additions were made to the wine.

A very pretty style of Pinot Noir. Purity of fruit and a haunting complexity of earth and spice. The palate is very fine, super elegant and deliciously delicate.

Sebastian Crowther MS