New release Pinot Noir from Hurley Vineyards and Ceretto Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, and Barbera

by Simon Evans | Jun 16, 2017

This week at MW we have the new release 2015 Pinot Noirs from Hurley Vineyards alongside the spectacular Ceretto Piedmontese wines.

All wines below are available for order now at special offer prices for 7 days only and can be ordered by returning the attached order form, by email, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or by or calling us on 03 9419 6990.

Tricia Byrnes and Kevin Bell first planted vines at their Balnarring property in 1998 with the sole intention of creating three single vineyard pinot noirs. Their philosophy centers around respect of the environment as they see their most important role is viticulture.  Their wines are from three separate vineyards with slightly different aspects that are planted with different clones of pinot noir.  All their wines spend 18 months in oak (new) and a further 12 months in bottle prior to release.
2015 was a dream vintage in the Mornington Peninsula and we’ve already started to see the evidence of that with some stunning releases of late. We recently had the chance to try these wines with Tricia and they didn’t disappoint with the Garamond in particular showing amazing complexity and depth for such a young wine. - MW Wines

Hurley Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 ‘Garamond’ $70
Deeper garnet again. At this early stage, a somewhat lifted and sulky nose of black cherries, dark plums and hoisin sauce. The fleshy palate offers a wide spectrum of concentrated fruit flavours wrapped in ultra-fine tannins. This vintage has produced a masculine Garamond that needs time to mature. Again, it is vine age that may be speaking here, for this vineyard, which was seventeen in 2015, is evolving. To 2029 and beyond. 100 cases made. - Hurley Vineyard

Hurley Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 ‘Lodestone’ $60
A heady nose of ripe cherries, flowers, sage and wet clay leads to a tight and precise palate of succulent red fruits and dried mushrooms that is driven by the racy acidity and coated with the ultra-fine tannins of the vintage. Pure, beautifully balanced and very lingering, this medium-bodied wine eloquently expresses the terroir of Lodestone, which comes into its own in a moderate vintage like this. To 2027 and beyond. 125 cases made. - Hurley Vineyard

Hurley Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 ‘Hommage’ $60
Garnet, but deeper. Another heady nose, this time of blueberries, blood plums, violets and lavender, giving way in the palate to explosive flavours of raspberries and other brambly fruits infused with a chalky minerality. The luscious, creamy and silky palate is balanced by ultra-fine tannins and lovely oak¸ a vibrant acidity assuring a clean finish. Vine age definitely evident here, Hommage is losing puppy fat and gaining structure, as well as stature. To 2027 and beyond. 150 cases made. - Hurley Vineyard

Hurley Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 ‘Estate’ $42
Attractive medium garnet. Well above entry level standard, this wine has aromas of briary fruits, violets and the forest floor leading to concentrated and persistent flavours of black cherry, dark plum and meat. The palate is rich but it too has the energy of the ripe acidity and the silk of the ultra-fine tannins of the vintage. The Estate is blended from declassified single vineyard barrels, very generous now and always pleases after a few years in bottle. To 2025 and beyond. 225 cases made. - Hurley Vineyard

There’s never been a more exciting time in Piedmont with the incumbent release of the Barolo from 2013 and Barbaresco from 2014 hitting our shores, two absolutely epic vintages respectively. Having consumed our own body weight in Nebbiolo over the last month we can speak with some authority that these Ceretto releases are right up there with the best we’ve seen. David Fletcher (an Australian no less) is the wine maker here and crafts wines of great purity. He payed us a visit on Tuesday and brought a suite of absolutely delicious wines with surprisingly soft acidity and rounded tannin profiles but classic structure and body. In short they are wines you could drink now or cellar for a long time (the best of both worlds).
The single vineyard Crus are a few months off but the regional wines which present superb value for money have just arrived. The 2015 Barbera and Nebbiolo d’Abla are insanely good value and super approachable too. - MW Wines

2013 Barolo DOCG $115
The 2013 Barolo is an expressive, elegant wine. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet red cherries and chalky notes give the 2013 its distinctive high-toned profile. The tannins are incisive, but not at all intrusive. I tasted the 2013 from an approximate final blend. If the bottled wine is anything like the barrel sample, the 2013 will be terrific at this level. Today, the 2013 is delicate, aromatic and absolutely beautiful. Fruit sources are Gabutti and pieces that don't go into the single vineyard wines. The quality of the vintage at Ceretto is evident here.  - 89-91 points, Antonio Galloni

2014 Barbaresco DOCG $103
The 2014 Barbaresco is a very pretty, entry-level Barbaresco from Ceretto. Hints of spice, cedar and tobacco give the 2014 its exotic, super-expressive bouquet. Soft and gentle on the palate, the 2014 offers lovely purity to match its understated personality. The 2014 has enough depth in its bright red stone fruit and underlying structure to drink well for at least a handful of years. I tasted the 2014 from cask prior to bottling. This is very, very pretty.  - 89-91 points, Antionio Galloni

2015 Bernardina Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC $50
The Monsordo-Bernardina estate is one of the places in Alba more suited to the production of great Nebbiolo. While on the border of the Barolo zone, soils and climate, for technical reasons, was not allowed inside the protected area from the prestigious designation. Today the vineyards around the historic farmhouse provide high quality grapes.Fermentations in stainless steel and ageing in old wood produces wines of great expressive potential, complex and long-lived, protected by D.O.C. Nebbiolo d'Alba. - Ceretto

2015 Piana Barbera d’Alba DOC $42
Piana is the par excellence of Barbera d'Alba. The winemaking in steel vats strengthens the characteristics of the variety, enhancing the sense of freshness and olfactory fragrances. In the glass, the wine shows beautiful ruby colors with violet hues, and sensations of fruit, punchy and juicy. In the ampelographic Piedmontese landscape, Barbera is certainly the variety that stands out the most from the gastronomic point of view: the tannin content and incisive acidity, in fact, given it certain food-wine pairing capabilities and allows pairing with more exuberant, full-flavoured and fatty dishes. - Ceretto

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