【Exclusive to Madison Wine】Bass Phillip

Bass Phillip is named after George Bass and Arthur Phillip – men of great pioneering spirit, foresight and leadership during the nineteenth century. The Bass Phillip vineyards were first established, many years later, in the southeastern corner of Australia in 1979, specialising in high-quality pinot noir and chardonnay wines. The vineyards have been organic since 1993 and biodynamic since 2002.

The vineyards have been organic since 1993 and biodynamic since 2002. Made in a simple and traditional manner, with low-cropped vineyards, no irrigation and minimal intervention in the winery, the wines of Bass Phillip display flavours which are characteristic of the region and their individual vineyards. Deep mineral-rich soils, natural high humidity, and cooler temperatures in South Gippsland is also part of the magic that delivers the length, complexity, flavors, balanced acidity and natural minerality to Bass Phillip wines.

Minimal human intervention is practiced wherever possible – no irrigation/pesticides/fertilizers, minimal pumping/ filtration, natural yeast, no fining agents.

Gippsland Terroir

The region is blessed with approx.1,000 millimetres of rainfall per annum and a deep, silty loam soil filled with volcanic minerals. High temperatures (mid 30 Celsius degrees) in the summer months are balanced by humidity and late afternoon, cool air from Bass Strait.

High density planting is one of the approaches taken by Bass Phillip to prove that Australia can produce an impeccable pinot. Although a single vine at Bass Phillip barely makes half a bottle of wine, the highly perfumed nose, robust flavors, exquisite textu

Bass Phillip Wines

The three wines at the top of the Bass Phillip hierarchy — the Estate, Premium and Reserve Pinot Noirs — have always come from the same original 1979 main vineyard in Leongatha: a 3.5-hectare block, known as the Estate vineyard. Within this vineyard the same rows of vines and sub-plots are used for each of these wines every year, purely because those vines give the best grapes, year after year.

Bass Phillip Reserve Pinot Noir

Aged in 65% new oak for 15 months

The intense and exquisitely balanced Bass Phillip Reserve Pinot Noir is derived from a remarkably low-yielding vineyard of just 9000 vines per hectare and 270 grams of fruit per vine. Anchored in deep mineral soils renowned for producing particularly intense and concentrated fruit, the Reserve Pinot Noir is primarily based on five rows of MV6 heritage clones, colonial vine stock material first imported to Australia by James Busby in 1832. Made from a selection of a few rows of the oldest vines of the Leongatha South vineyards. Only 5 barrels are made. The fruit is 100% destemmed and no fining or filtration.

Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir

Aged in 50% new oak for 15 months

This is a blend of the vineyard from Leongatha and Leongatha South (the historical vineyard of Bass),made from the oldest vineyards of Bass and the vineyards with highest elevation at Leongatha. The longer ripening process gives a natural concentration to the wines. The Premium has a longer ability to age between 7 to 15 years, whilst always adhering to the signature style of Bass Phillip, focusing on purity and complexity. The fruit is 100% destemmed and no fining or filtration.

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Bass Phillip 17K Pinot Noir

Aged in neutral oak for 12 months

Is dedicated to become the entry level wine of Bass, accessible to new generations but also for those who want to enjoy a glass of Bass Phillip on a Tuesday night without breaking the bank! 

The selection of the fruits are coming from the deepest soils, or younger vineyards. Delicate red fruits with purity, the wine is made to provide drinking pleasure straight away. The fruit is 100% destemmed and no fining or filtration.

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Bass Phillip Premium Chardonnay

Less than one acre, planted since 1979. This section of the vineyard is more than 40 years old today , it has started to deliver complex nuances and has a very long-flavour, lingers cleanly on your palate. Meant to age 10 years or more.

Made from the oldest vineyards of Chardonnay at Leongatha South the maturity of the vines are adding the extra complexity of this amazing spot chosen since 1978.   The grapes are whole bunch pressed, and barrel fermented and barrel aged in 30% new oak for 14 months. Partial malolactic. No fining or filtration.

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Bass Phillip Estate Chardonnay

The grapes are coming from Leongatha giving a natural tension in the wine. This is grown at Leongatha South, South Gippsland, Victoria. Bass Phillip uses close planting, extremely low cropping. In order to reveal the terroir we choose not to exceed more than 20% new oak, the window to enjoy the wine is between 3 to 5 years.

The grapes are whole bunch pressed, and barrel fermented and barrel aged in 20% new oak for 14 months. Partial malolactic. No fining or filtration.

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