Place: Geelong, VIC
Variety: Pinot Noir
Words from the winemaker, Nick Farr:
Tout Près is the most densely planted vineyard on the estate at 7,300 vines per hectare (hence the name, meaning very cosy), making a wine of tremendous intensity and concentration. This cuvée consistently produces wines of weight and wonderful ageing potential, showing notes of long, slow whole bunch fermentation, creating richness and layered fruit expression alongside Chinese five spice, ripe fruits and terrific tannins. The wines of Tout Près are focused and beautifully structured, ready for celebration now or a rewarding stint in the cellar.
The 2020 features classic whole bunch on the nose, with spice and heady ripe fruit notes intermingling. A more expressive, single-minded wine that will shapeshift in the cellar almost as much as it does on your palate. Ripe fruit notes, layered between sweet spice, cardamom, dill, sour cherry, graphite and pepper. This is the trio's most structured, engaging, and arguably polarising. The Tout Près feels wild with a mouth-watering savouriness and endless complexity.