Domaine Thomson - "Surveyor Thomson" Pinot Noir 2015

95 points / 5 stars (Bob Campbell MW) 15 MAR 2019

"Silken, seamless pinot noir that is more about vinosity than fruitiness. Cherry and floral flavours allow savoury, spicy characters to take centre-stage. An attractive and restrained wine that can be appreciated now but shows promising development potential"

94 points: Cameron Douglas MS – The Shout. March 2019:

A fine and complex bouquet with calm yet distinctive aromas of ripe red berry fruits, layers of toasty oak and smoky wood spices. Equally complex on the palate with dark cherry, tea & brown spices, raspberry and old rose flavours. Firm yet fine youthful tannin and acidity adding tension and poise as well as charm and some elegance. Dry finish, well made and quite complex. Best window for drinking early 2020 through 2026.

The 2015 vintage season produced some excellent fruit in good quantity. The season started cooler than normal with October and November temperatures below average and a frost requiring frost fighting. The cool conditions slowed flower development, but December warmed up and provided a small but perfect window for the critical flowering period. While the weather at flowering was ideal, the cool spring conditions had meant some flowers proved infertile or set weak berries which did not develop. The result was smaller and more open bunches than normal. This usually bodes well for good wine. January was one of our warmest ever and February and March behaved apart from a couple of early frosts. The end of March and early April were very warm and we started hand picking earlier than usual in the first week of April.

Winemakers Notes: Dark black brooding aromatics showing lots of spice, wildflower and a red and black fruit mix. Followed by a serious dense and textural palate with great poise, elegance and persistence.


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