JAMES HALLIDAY REVIEWS

Rated by James Halliday in Wine Companion 2015 edition

Bittern Estate Mornington Peninsula
Pinot Noir 2013

92 POINTS

Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Mornington
Peninsula
Drink by: 2028
Date tasted: 13/10/2014
Alcohol:14.3%
From 4 clones, each separately fermented and
matured for 10 months in new and used French oak.
Vivid crimson-purple, it is an elegant wine, with
plum and black cherry fruit to the fore on both
bouquet and palate; the oak is well balanced and
integrated, the tannins fine. 800 dozen made.

James Halliday

Bittern Estate Mornington Peninsula
Gewurztraminer 2013

93 POINTS

Variety: Gewurztraminer
Region: Mornington
Peninsula
Drink by: 2020
Date tasted: 13/10/2014
Alcohol:13.4%
Crushed, skin-contacted for 4 hours, cool-fermented
before early bottling. Has more attitude and depth to
its varietal expression than many GWTs; lychee,
honeysuckle and rose petal are leveraged by an
underlying savoury note that promotes overall flavour
and mouthfeel. 380 dozen made.

James Halliday

Bittern Estate Mornington Peninsula Rose
2013

90 POINTS

Variety: Rose
Region: Mornington
Peninsula
Drink by: 2016
Date tasted: 13/10/2014
Alcohol:13.3%
A blend of estate pinot noir picked 11-14 Mar and
shiraz picked 19 Apr, the free-run juice of the pinot
run straight to tank and held at -2 deg Celcius until the shiraz
was picked and crushed, its free-run blended with the
pinot. Gently fruity, with the flavours in the red
spectrum, the finish long, dry and well balanced.

James Halliday

Bittern Estate Mornington Peninsula
Sauvignon Blanc 2013

92 POINTS

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Mornington
Peninsula
Drink by: 2015
Date tasted: 13/10/2014
Alcohol:12.7%
Estate-grown; given 8 hours skin contact post
crushing, then cool-fermented in stainless steel. Has
two faces, the first tropical fruits on the bouquet and
fore-palate, then savoury/grassy/snow pea on the
long finish, acidity crisp, the pH low. 790 dozen
made.

James Halliday

Bittern Estate Mornington Peninsula
Shiraz 2013

94 POINTS

Variety: Shiraz
Region: Mornington
Peninsula
Drink by: 2025
Date tasted: 13/10/2014
Alcohol:13.7%
A short cold soak, cool fermentation, 10 months
maturation in new and used French oak. A vibrantly
pure and super-elegant cool climate shiraz, with red
fruits to the fore on the long, silky medium-bodied
palate. Will age slowly and with grace, a classic now
or later proposition. 100 dozen made.

James Halliday

Bittern Estate Mornington Peninsula
Tempranillo 2013

92 POINTS

Variety: Tempranillo
Region: Mornington
Peninsula
Drink by: 2021
Date tasted: 13/10/2014
Alcohol:14%
Light but bright colour; the wine spent 10 months in
new and used French oak; the fragrant bouquet and
light to medium-bodied palate have a raft of
spicy/savoury/peppery nuances to the red cherry and
plum fruit. A good example of cool-grown
tempranillo. 634 dozen made.

James Halliday

BITTERN ESTATE WINES

8-14 Bittern-Dromana Rd.

Bittern VIC Australia 3918

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