Picardy Tete De Cuvee
Typically slightly darker in colour than the estate, and always slower to open up after pulling the cork. This is all blood plum and black spice, where the estate is rollicking summer berry fruit. The palate here introduces you to a dark and brooding pinot – characters of resin and tar underpin the sweet cherry fruit. This has true floral perfume and incredible length of flavour, with no shortage of crushed black pepper, balsamic poached plums, star anise, black liquorice and salted grilled red apple.
The texture on the palate becomes more silky the longer it spends in the glass; it swells, and coats the mouth in moreish, succulent pinot flavours. Certainly, more rich and ‘adult’ than the estate, this requires more time and less noise to come into its own space … once there … this sophisticated and elegant wine reminds us what the best from the west tastes like. Bloody good.