2012 Clos Marché Longley Pinot Noir. Denmark. WA. 14.5%

Clos Marché is a new venture. Driving it are partners Elizabeth Reed and Skigh McManus, both possessing local and international winemaking experience.

Made from vines planted in 1998.

“Fermented in open fermenters with a portion of whole bunch. Post ferment, the grapes were pressed and matured in French oak. A small amount of So2 was added before bottling”

Sees 15% New Oak and only 120 dozen made.

Clos Marché Longley Pinot Noir

Attractive red fruits and hints of rose petals on the nose.

Fleshy red berry fruit with flavours of cranberry, strawberry and cherries. Roasted spices of white pepper, star anise. In the background, pomegranate, black tea and hints of smokey charcuterie. Clean and bright with juicy acidity. I also detected an interesting mineral / graphite character, with a sweet lift of gherkin (in a good way).

With time in the glass, some beetroot and dusty earthy characters emerge.

The thing about this wine is it’s beautifully balanced with nothing poking out. Everything is well integrated and just purrs on your palate.

Was going strong after 4 days open on the tasting bench, always a good sign in my books. In those 4 days, I tasted a bit each day and when friends popped by, I let them have a try. With all of them responding very favourably.

Excellent wine and worth seeking out when it’s ready to be released. My prediction is that this will go quick.

Source – Sample. Liz is a part of the Wine Century Challenge we are undertaking and I also sit in on a few tastings that she is part of, so please read my notes above with that in mind…..

Tasted 11th June 2014.

Have a look at the Clos Marché website for more information.


About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.

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