Atlas Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2020
1 or more bottles$35.00
Mark Faber95 points
Jane Faulkner92 points
Very elegant and pale in colour, slight garnet coming through, started on nose a little confectionary but has some great gamey, white florals, clove, white ground pepper, sanguine. A wonderful expression of Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir!
High, well balanced acid line which all premium pinot should have! Saline backbone, regular suspects in red fruits with some, blood orange, hint of caramel. Quite well integrated and a long length. Exquisite!.
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- Red Fruits
- Red Cherry
Critic Scores & reviews
"Quite pale in colour and restrained in aroma; strawberry, redcurrant, clove, floral but also slightly gamey. On the palate it sings- red fruits, blood orange, hint of cedar and cinnamon oak and a razor line of cool-climate acidity. Does the job very nicely."
"The inaugural release and it’s a very pretty wine. A pale ruby hue with delicate aromatics of red cherries and woodsy spices, Campari and a waft of what smells like whole-bunch aromatics. It also has that distinct Adelaide Hills spearmint note, working well as a seasoning. The palate is lighter framed, with fine tannins and a juiciness throughout. This is the type of pinot that is well-suited to warmer weather, so don’t be afraid to give it a slight chill. A lovely drink."
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The climate of this region is considerably cooler compared to other wine regions in the summer, due to the altitudes of the vineyards being 400-700 meters high. The cooler drier climate produces grapes with ideal fruit composition, creating the perfect balance of flavour and acidity.
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About the brand Atlas Wines
The wines from Adam Barton are some of the best we’ve seen from South Australia. They capture all that has made the regions famous, yet they’re made in a sophisticated, high quality style that puts them in another class. They certainly over deliver for the money.
A bottle of 1965 Lindemans Hunter River Burgundy (one of the greatest wines of the 20th century) lit the fire for his oenology degree. Since then he has wasted no time, working with Scarpantoni Estate (McLaren Vale), Rolf Binder (Barossa Valley), Wynns Coonawarra Estate and the iconic Californian Bonny Doon Vineyard.
In 2007, Barton and his wife Amy purchased an 8ha vineyard on a stony ridge on the eastern side of the Clare Valley, which had been offered for sale by Kilikanoon. Their vision for Atlas was pretty simple: to produce great wine from the highest-quality fruit available
Barton is totally committed to small plot, individual vineyard sites that make a strong statement about their terroir, giving the grapes he vinifies the maximum opportunity to speak loud and clear.