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Bottle of Antipodes Blanc de Noir 2020 750ml

Antipodes - Blanc de Noir 2020

$42.00

Region: Adelaide Hills

Grapes: Pinot Noir

This golden strawed beauty is a result of direct pressing Pinot Noir for barrel fermentation as a white wine. In this case it was just under half a tonne of primo Whisson Lake Pinot Noir from the less ripe edge rows of the Parachute block, Picadilly. Pinot Noir made like a Chardonnay. And the result … a complex full-bodied white of delicious proportions.

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Aromas of white spice, almond meal and roasted hazelnuts, with earth and background red berries. The palate gives more of the variety away although its far from obvious. A rich silky texture laden with nutty Jura-like oxidative tones, dried cream and white berry fruits. The acidity builds bringing more freshness and finally a nice apple zip to the finish. This is like drinking a flat bottle of great Champagne minus the elevated acidity with elements of Jura and Burgundy. The quality of the Whisson Lake fruit is obvious throughout – intense! 

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

Antipodés is the realisation of a long-held dream for Jean-Jacques Morel, the natural micro producer from Saint-Aubin in Burgundy. After selling his wines in Australia for many years, JJ was invited to attend the sustainable wine fair Rootstock Sydney in 2014, where he was enchanted by the openness and camaraderie of the Australian vignerons; so much so, that he visited the Adelaide Hills after the event to share his wines and meet some minds. JJ was amazed by the sense of community; something he feels is severely lacking in today’s ultra-competitive Burgundian landscape. His furtive mind was inspired and the seed was sown to make wine down under. Slowly over the subsequent months the desire grew and his dream was finally realized in 2017 with his first Australian wine.  

Rejoicing in the freedom from restrictive French wine laws, he is indulging his curiosity through experimenting with new blends and varieties from the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley. Jean-Jacques matches his French philosophies and agricultural practices, sourcing biologically-farmed fruit and the winemaking is minimal to the extreme.