Hickinbotham of Dromana Pinot Noir 2016
Grower producers Andrew and Terryn Hickinbotham’s winery started in 1988 with the purchase of a 15-acre vineyard in the Mornington Peninsula sub-zone of Dromana. They manage their vineyard using organic principles, which involves using natural soil-enrichment (composted winery waste) and pest-control methods. About five-acres of their property is reserved for wildlife habitat including native birds and animals. The wines are made with a minimal interventionist approach and they are all preservative free.
The 2014 growing season was wet and windy during mid November. This was followed by a warm, dry summer, and low yields.
The resulting wine is clean and bright in the glass. It’s highly fragrant of savoury red fruits and earthiness. It’s warm and tastes of concentrated mulberry and forest floor fruits. There is a touch of fruit sweetness, yet, the secondary oak characters of truffles, earthiness and firm tannins bring harmony.