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Onannon Gippsland Pinot Noir 2015 £26.95
ONANNON GIPPSLAND PINOT NOIR
Onannon is the venture of Sam Middleton, Kaspar Hermann and Will Byron, who donated the last two or three letters of their surnames to come up with Onannon. “Our aim is quite simply to make good wine.” A noble and modest mission statement from this Pinot Noir-focussed producer that also dabbles in single site Gippsland Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris and Yarra Valley Rosé. Onannon is the venture of three friends who started small and are still small, but now they make 1,000 cases a year rather than the 80 they produced in 2008. They make wine with a ‘garage’ philosophy, backed up by quality fruit and shared winemaking experience. The wine is made in a small purpose built winery on the Mornington Peninsula, and the approach is as hands-on now as it was on day one.
A blend of two vineyards; 70% of the fruit comes from the close planted Bellvale vineyard near Leongatha in South Gippsland planted in 1998. Here we take clones 114 and 115 from these red volcanic soils. The remaining 30% is from the Lightfoot vineyard established in 1998, this old site is planted to the MV6 clone in the East Gippsland Lakes District. The soils are Terra Rossa over limestone. We ferment the two vineyard parcels seperately yet apply the same vinification methods and blend the two just prior to bottling. The fruit is all hand picked then fully de-stemmed leaving whole berries intact. The fruit begins its own fermentation with wild yeasts and is plunged twice daily. After fermentation the wine is racked to 30% new French oak where it undergoes natural malolactic fermentation on lees. The wine spends 10 months in barrel it is then racked twice before bottling.
Pretty perfumed fruit, bright with sweetly juicy sour cherry fruit and naturally vibrant acidity, not a heavyweight but perfectly balanced Pinot Noir with real personality and character. Sourced from a single vineyard, this is unfined and unfiltered and already a cult wine in Australia.
Halliday Rating 95/100
Drink By 2025
Source Wine Companion
"From two vineyards, 6 days cold soak, open-fermented, matured in French oak. The light, but bright, colour gives no hint of the intensity and length of the savoury/foresty base to the red fruits of the long, finely structured palate. A wine of considerable finesse."
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