2021 Equilibrio Pinot Noir


The wine displays elegant Pinot Noir structure with the red fruits fusing with forest mushroom and wild herbs. A good spicy lift at the back of the palate leads to length and persistance on the finish.


Varietals: Pinot Noir

Clone: MV6, D4V2

Harvest: 26 February 2021

Be at Harvest: 12.5

pH at Harvest: 3.6

TA at Harvest: 6.0

Vegan Friendly: Yes

The concept behind our Equilibrio range is to promote the very best barrels, clonal mix and new oak integration to create a wine that will benchmark the potential of each vintage. Some would call it Reserve but we call it Equilibrio as great wine is all about harmony and balance.

Yields for this wine are kept notably low by our pruning technique and shoot thinning, while a final green harvest at veraison ensures the vines do not carry too much weight. This exacting viticulture safeguards the fruit and acid balance during the picking window. The grapes are then cold soaked and fermented using wild yeast and aged in 500l puncheons, 25% new, for nine months.

[2021 Vintage] – 96 Points by Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion 2024

[2021 Vintage] – 93 Points by Gabrielle Poy, The Real Review, December 2022

[2021 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2022 ANZ Boutique Wine Show

[2019 Vintage] – 93 Points by Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, October 2021

[2019 Vintage] –  Double Gold Medal at 2021 Melbourne International Wine Competition

[2017 Vintage] –  Silver Medal (91 Points) at 2019 International Wine and Spirit Competition

[2017 Vintage] –  Silver Medal at 2019 Decanter Asia Wine Awards

[2017 Vintage] –  Gold Medal (96 Points) by Australian Wine Showcase, Sept 2019

[2017 Vintage] – Platinum Medal (97 Points) at Decanter World Wine Awards

[2017 Vintage] – 97 Points by James Halliday, 2020 Halliday Wine Companion

[2017 Vintage] – In TOP 10 2017 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, 2018 The Real Review

[2017 Vintage] – 95 Points by Huon Hooke, The Real Review 2018

[2017 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2018 Perth Royal Wine Awards

[2017 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

[2017 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at Winewise Small Vigneron Awards

[2016 Vintage] – 95 Points by James Halliday, 2019 Halliday Wine Companion

[2016 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards

[2015 Vintage] – 95 Points by James Halliday, 2018 Halliday Wine Companion

[2015 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards (Asia)

[2014 Vintage] – Double Gold Medal at 2015 Melbourne International Wine Show

“Wild-yeast fermentation, aged in 25% new 500L French puncheons. An attractive light ruby red. Elegant and perfumed, this opens with aromas of wild strawberries, redcurrants, blood orange and floral notes. Poised and silky in the mouth, this really is quite persistent and beautifully balanced. A very good effort from go to whoa. Will be even better two to three years from now. 96 Points”
Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion, July 2023 [2021 Vintage]

“This has a lot to say from the outset. Aromas of spice, smoked meats and glossy red cherries and plums mix on the nose. The palate is firm yet fine, tannins channel the core of fruit along to the finish. Oak integration has been handled perfectly, it supports rather than blankets the prize pool of red berries. This has stamina and stuffing to age very well and deserves time in the cellar. 93 Points.”
Gabrielle Poy, The Real Review, December 2022 [2021 Vintage]

“This really delivers on the nose with so much fresh fruit in the pink and red berry zone, some blue fruit here, too. Gently complex spices and sous bois. There’s a sturdy frame of tannin which underpins the wine’s long, fruit-laden finish. 93 Points.”
Gourmet Traveller Wine, Oct/Nov 2021 [2019 Vintage]

“A fresh and complex pinot with strawberry, raspberry and blueberry character, as well as blackcurrant, leafy and herb notes. Sappy and spicy. The palate has a bold frame of tannin carrying rich berry flavors long and even. Drink or hold. 93 Points.”
Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, October 2021 [2019 Vintage]

“What a sensational wine… Vibrant, bright, light red in colour, subtle bouquet of strawberries with a hint of spice, gorgeous palate full of pleasing flavours of cherries and strawberries. Great depth of flavour and an uber tight finish. Will evolve over time. OUTSTANDING!!!”
Dan Traucki, August 2021 [2019 Vintage]

“An autumnal Pinot Noir that possesses great density, width and drive. Dried leaves and sauteed mushroom aromas dominate the nose. Dark plums roll through the mouth with veneers of earth, savoury herbs and a touch of menthol. A wine with wonderful length, this will deliver pleasure to many a Pinot lover. Drink to five years+. 93 Points.”
QWine, August 2021 [2019 Vintage]

“A strictly limited amount of Equilibrio is made each year with the aim of capturing the best pinot noir of the vintage. Here MV6, with splashes of D4V12 and 777 all from the Hexham Vineyard are wild-fermented and matured in French oak (20% new) for 1 year. It is a beautiful wine, lusciously polished and vibrant in its flavour and mouthfeel, bringing red fruits wearing a wreath of foresty spices and superfine tannins.” (97 Points)
James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020 [2017 Vintage]

“Kernelly, cherry-scented, ripe pinot noir fruit is at the heart of this rather special wine. The cherry and red berry aromas are seamlessly integrated with quality oak, and the rich, ripe palate flows seamlessly through a super-fine tannin backbone. Excellent pinot in the modern New World style. 93 Points.”
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review, May 2019 [2017 Vintage]

“Elegant, seamless, fine feeling wine of good intensity and integrity. Savoury-laced flavours, succulent red cherry, sour plum, green herb, faint malt flavours of oak rolling mid to late palate. Nicely done in a more overt way. Bold Pinot Noir, oak a gentle feature of course. Classic sort of feel, nothing left-of-field, just is nicely done.” (95 Points)
Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine [2017 Vintage]

“Medium to deep red colour with a good purple tint. The aromas show cherry and raspbery fruit and a goodly lick of attractive oak, while the flavour is intense and mouth-filling, with fine-grained tannins. The whole lot lingers well through the finish and aftertaste. An excellent pinot with gorgeous fleshy richness, fruit sweetness and detail. A top-level pinot.” (95 Points)
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, Sept 2018 [2017 Vintage]

“Equilibrio is a best barrel selection focusing on harmony and balance. This wine is wild-fermented and matured in French oak (35% new). The flavours are bright red, the mouthfeel slippery and delicious, the finish long and supported by fine tannins.” (95 Points)
Halliday Wine Companion 2019 [2016 Vintage]

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