Gestalt Arcana Pinot Noir 2016 (RRP $40 WM $36.90)

A densely complex nose that rewards contemplation with an alluring mix of feijoa, Asian spices, and cherry cola as well as floral highlights and cedar forest undertones. Juicy on the palate, with cherry and goji berries amongst fresh herbs, sarsaparilla-root, rosemary and rhubarb. The tannin is fine and the finish lip-smacking. Very mysterious indeed. 


What is it about Pinot Noir? It’s one of the most compelling but also polarising varieties. Arcana is a reference to Pinot being one of the most elusive grapes in the world. It has secrets and mysteries that have been endlessly chased by countless wine lovers. You might also say good Pinot, like arcana, is something of an elixir or remedy.



The character of arcana is strongly influenced by the qualities of the Pinot clones we source from two sites in Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. Here the combination of clone and location produces a weightier Pinot with juicy, rich red fruit flavours and a complex mix of floral and spice aromas.

Carey Gully

We source a different Pinot clone from one site located in the elevated, cooler microclimate of Carey Gully in the Adelaide Hills. The grapes from this site produce wine with natural elegance and structure as well as spice and fresh herb characters.


The arcana is a best of vintage blend, with the 2015 coming from a selection of five barrels. All components were hand-picked and given slightly different treatments during primary ferment depending on the clone and perceived qualities of the grapes. Some components included small portions of whole bunches and were pressed early, and others were subjected to extended time on skins. Each component was basket pressed before being gravity-transferred to old French hogsheads. In some cases the lees from primary ferment was included in the barrels to enhance texture and complexity. After aging for 14 months in oak each component was assessed and blending trials were conducted to determine the proportions for the final blend. The wine was then racked to tank before bottling without fining or filtration.

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