2020 Passing Clouds Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges, Victoria
Growing grapes in cooler to marginal areas is tricky business. Let’s face it, agriculture is a tricky business where you can be confronted with frost during bud forming, managing light into the canopy to help with ripening and preventing disease in the canopy itself. Add into the equation the fickle Pinot Noir and it is tricky business indeed. The Geneva Double Curtain trellis system, or GDC, is a possible solution. They are a little higher than traditional systems so you gain a little more protection from frost. Secondly, it splits the canopy in two and trains it to fall downwards in the guise of two curtains. This automatically thins it to help increase light and airflow through the precious bunches as they form and ripen as well as preventing disease.
The 2020 Passing Clouds Pinot Noir is from a GDC trellised vineyard in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. A bright, deep, crimson-coloured wine that immediately confirms this is not going to be tricky business to enjoy. The nose is spicy, charry and perfumed with a base of sour cherries. The palate is elegantly balanced that curtains cherries, cream and nuts on one side and silky, slightly chewy tannins on the other to draw a long fanning finish.
Rating: 94 pts
Drink: Now; 3-7 yrs
Tasted: December 2021