Laggan, Southern Tablelands, NSW
Hatherleigh Vineyard is in the village of Laggan in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, situated at 910m altitude on an east- facing slope of red cracking clay.
Hatherleigh was planted by Nick Bulleid MW, Australia’s third Master of Wine, from 1996 to 1999. Nick makes the wine at Brokenwood, where he has been a partner since 1978. He’s also a winemaking consultant operating in four states, a part time writer on wine and taught as a visiting Professor at Charles Sturt University for 13 years. If that wasn’t quite enough, he also edited and contributed to “Practical Winemaking”, a reference and textbook for the wine industry.
Nick uses typical Australian Pinot methods – a short cold soak, warm fermentation with 20% whole bunches, then maturation in French oak, 25% new. His aim? “To make the best wine my site can give me. I’m very pleased with the result.” And we are too!
95 Points, Hatherleigh Pinot Noir 2015
James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion
“Some development of the mid garnet hue. A flicker and cherries and pips, wood char and spice as it heads into more savoury territory. Medium bodied yet decisive. Grippy Tannins, somewhat terse, but some sweet fruit coming through. It ends up refreshing and convincing.”