2018 JKM Pinot Noir

Please welcome the inaugural release of the JKM Pinot Noir to the Gembrook Hill lineup.

As a new season approached, it occurred to Andrew that while 2017 had been a fitting year to celebrate Ian, it made even more sense to celebrate the living. Enter the JKM or June Kathryn Marks. While the IJM was a powerful but humble expression as a vinous memorial to Ian, the JKM seeks to capture some of June’s natural exuberance.

Here we have more of a winemaker's wine. The intention for this wine was to explore both new viticultural and wine making techniques, while still capturing the essence of the vineyard. The viticultural technique was shoot selection - a refinement of shoot thinning which we have always used in the vineyard. This serves to open up the canopy, reducing disease risk and increasing sunlight into the canopy, while producing more intense fruit. The winemaking technique was the use of some whole bunch fermentation from our newest plantings of Pinot which was then matured in an old French hogshead. This made up a third of the wine while the majority comes from our Lower block Pinot which was 100% destemmed. There were two barrels of this Lower Pinot, one was matured in a new French oak hogshead while the other in an old one.

The result is a complex, aromatic Pinot with plenty of flavour.

Vintage Details

Wines from Vintage 2018 are maturing well in barrel. 2018 was a tale of two seasons with some of the most challenging humid weather ever experienced during the growing season (Oct-Dec 2017) followed by exceptionally dry conditions after Christmas. We are very excited with the resulting wines but more on that in good time.

Picked: 7th & 15th of March 2018
Blend: 100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13%
Tech Specs: pH: 3.65 TA: 5.4gl
Cellaring: 10-15 Years
Closure: Diam Cork

Review - 2017 Pinot Noir


Light red/purple hue. Very spicy, smoky, fragrant aroma, lifted and fresh but also multi-layered, with some spicy cedary and smoky/toasty barrel scents plus whole-bunch, the palate light-bodied and fresh, vibrant and lightly smoky from oak and stem influences. Long carry, firm finish, with succulent fruit and a clean and resounding cut-off. Excellent. 30/6/2019

Drink 2019 to 2029

Huon Hooke

Campbell Mattinson’s review of the GH 2017 Pinot Noir

When maybe I'll have a glass turns into polish off the bottle.

What I love about this release is the ease at which it paints a complex picture. It hardly seems to be trying and yet graphite. undergrowth, wild flings of herbs, walnut and black cherry flavours march forward. Tannin runs slick and dry, acidity drives through it, flavour is never left behind. It's a filigreed wine, savoury and autumnal yet all-the-while it feels composed anti complete. Pitch. a wing of perfect pitch.

Rated: 96 Points
Tasted: July 19
Alcohol: 13%
Price: $55.00
Drink: 2021 - 2030+