Bass Phillip

The Estate Pinot Noir

9.227 ratings
9.314 pro ratings
Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

My first 2016 BP Estate. Powerful red fruits with a whole bunch stalky element. A typical BP Estate with that stewed fruit rhubarb type character Similar to many other BP Estate Pinots I’ve had on Delectable from other vintages.

My first 2016 BP Estate. Powerful red fruits with a whole bunch stalky element. A typical BP Estate with that stewed fruit rhubarb type character Similar to many other BP Estate Pinots I’ve had on Delectable from other vintages.

Sep 25th, 2022
Bob McDonald

The first of 6 of the annual Bass Phillip order. A slight cloudiness to the mid crimson colour which is typical as the wines are often unfiltered. A very Bass Phillip nose and palate of dried cherry, spice and forest floor. A light to medium weight palate. I have been drinking BP Pinots for many years now and this is very much the house style. To be critical the price has crept up under the new ownership and is now just under $100 for the Estate. The following night a note of raspberry.

The first of 6 of the annual Bass Phillip order. A slight cloudiness to the mid crimson colour which is typical as the wines are often unfiltered. A very Bass Phillip nose and palate of dried cherry, spice and forest floor. A light to medium weight palate. I have been drinking BP Pinots for many years now and this is very much the house style. To be critical the price has crept up under the new ownership and is now just under $100 for the Estate. The following night a note of raspberry.

Jun 22nd, 2022
Bob McDonald

Savoury mulchy plum with touches of cinnamon and clove - evidence of whole bunch in the ferment. The palate is light to medium weight with red and black fruits with savoury stemminess. Certain Burgundian traits - quality between a Village and a Premier Cru.

Savoury mulchy plum with touches of cinnamon and clove - evidence of whole bunch in the ferment. The palate is light to medium weight with red and black fruits with savoury stemminess. Certain Burgundian traits - quality between a Village and a Premier Cru.

Nov 24th, 2021
Bob McDonald

See previous note from July 2020. Bright Ruby red. Nose as before with Red fruits and compost heap, forest floor. The palate has those earthy savoury rhubarb flavours and is totally balanced with resolved tannins. At 7 years it is probably at its peak with the palate in harmony with the red fruits (which will fade) and the savoury earthiness. I believe this is the time to drink this even though I see a window through to 2026. Tasted my last 2014 30 weeks later on 30th April 2022. A pale Ruby red with a tawny edge. Amongst the very fragrant perfumed nose there was a sooty note which was a byproduct of whole bunch in the ferment. Also a stewed rhubarb note. An excellent Pinot and 96 points from HH.

See previous note from July 2020. Bright Ruby red. Nose as before with Red fruits and compost heap, forest floor. The palate has those earthy savoury rhubarb flavours and is totally balanced with resolved tannins. At 7 years it is probably at its peak with the palate in harmony with the red fruits (which will fade) and the savoury earthiness. I believe this is the time to drink this even though I see a window through to 2026. Tasted my last 2014 30 weeks later on 30th April 2022. A pale Ruby red with a tawny edge. Amongst the very fragrant perfumed nose there was a sooty note which was a byproduct of whole bunch in the ferment. Also a stewed rhubarb note. An excellent Pinot and 96 points from HH.

Sep 30th, 2021
Scott Rowe

Looks like a natural wine in the glass.
The wine itself is methodical and anything but ‘natural’

Looks like a natural wine in the glass.
The wine itself is methodical and anything but ‘natural’

Mar 27th, 2021
Bob McDonald

See many previous notes of this excellent Pinot Noir. My last 2010 Bass Phillip Estate sadly. Pale to mid Ruby in colour giving no hint of the intensity to come. A floral earthy perfume showing beetroot and red fruits - a hint of whole bunch in the ferment. On the palate the same earthy root vegetable flavours with savoury red fruits and that Bass Phillip palate intensity with great length and persistence. Low acidity. An excellent new world Pinot which has cellared well.

See many previous notes of this excellent Pinot Noir. My last 2010 Bass Phillip Estate sadly. Pale to mid Ruby in colour giving no hint of the intensity to come. A floral earthy perfume showing beetroot and red fruits - a hint of whole bunch in the ferment. On the palate the same earthy root vegetable flavours with savoury red fruits and that Bass Phillip palate intensity with great length and persistence. Low acidity. An excellent new world Pinot which has cellared well.

Oct 14th, 2020
Bob McDonald

Pale to mid Ruby in colour. A beautiful perfumed nose with some whole bunch influence, Forest floor, rhubarb, compost heap. Towards the end of the bottle a confectionery, Cherry tart, red jelly note amongst the savoury earthy notes. The sweet palate indicates new world but all its other attributes indicate Burgundy. Red fruits with great balance showing both lovely fruit and skilled winemaking. Excellent length and persistence - very impressive.

Pale to mid Ruby in colour. A beautiful perfumed nose with some whole bunch influence, Forest floor, rhubarb, compost heap. Towards the end of the bottle a confectionery, Cherry tart, red jelly note amongst the savoury earthy notes. The sweet palate indicates new world but all its other attributes indicate Burgundy. Red fruits with great balance showing both lovely fruit and skilled winemaking. Excellent length and persistence - very impressive.

Jul 30th, 2020
Bob McDonald

Consistent with previous notes. Pale crimson in colour - almost transparent. Aromatic red cherry and forest floor on nose. Palate showing sweet red fruits and some whole bunch notes - more sappy than fruity. Showing better than recent tastings. The following night a stewed fruit character with root vegetables like beetroot.

Consistent with previous notes. Pale crimson in colour - almost transparent. Aromatic red cherry and forest floor on nose. Palate showing sweet red fruits and some whole bunch notes - more sappy than fruity. Showing better than recent tastings. The following night a stewed fruit character with root vegetables like beetroot.

Jun 26th, 2020
Bob McDonald

Complex aromas of red fruits, stalks, sous bois, and compost heap - the Bass Phillip DNA. On the palate medium weight with great intensity and soft resolved Tannins. Great length - the product of close planting and meticulous horticulture. Consistently a wonderful Pinot and as James Halliday said “eerily Burgundian “.

Complex aromas of red fruits, stalks, sous bois, and compost heap - the Bass Phillip DNA. On the palate medium weight with great intensity and soft resolved Tannins. Great length - the product of close planting and meticulous horticulture. Consistently a wonderful Pinot and as James Halliday said “eerily Burgundian “.

Oct 29th, 2019
Bob McDonald

Unmistakably Bass Phillip on the nose. Cherry, mushroom, ginger, beetroot and earthy notes. Medium weight but with profound palate intensity as is always the case with the better Bass Phillip Pinots - even for The Estate.

Unmistakably Bass Phillip on the nose. Cherry, mushroom, ginger, beetroot and earthy notes. Medium weight but with profound palate intensity as is always the case with the better Bass Phillip Pinots - even for The Estate.

Sep 22nd, 2019