About Jane Eyre Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2017
"There’s a lot going on this time of year with harvest in Australia but I always look forward to catching up with former Melbourne resident turned Burgundy-based winemaker, Jane Eyre.
Each year, Eyre heads back down under to oversee the harvest and vinification of her small make of pinot noir in Victoria (which she then entrusts to Bill Downie for elevage and bottling) and she brings a selection of her latest micro-negoce wines from Burgundy.
In terms of winemaker style, I am not talking about cartoon-like oak use, exaggerated ripeness, fashionable reduction or over-stated barrel fermentation; in fact, the complete opposite.
Eyre is a thoughtful and determined winemaker, with clear ideas about the style of pinot noir she likes. She prizes fragrance and delicacy over artifact and ripeness and structurally her preference is for wines that are not over ambitious.
“I’m interested in aromatics. If you want tannic wines there are plenty out there but I don’t like mean wines, my wines are made for drinking in the first decade,” Eyre says assuredly. Modesty, approachability and a sense of restraint are common threads in her wines, vintages swing them gently and here, but she has set a definitive course for now. These are definitely wines to watch." - James Suckling