Clone 777 at home with Tussie Mussie
Quealy’s 2016 Tussie Mussie Pinot Noir, made from the French Clone 777, is well worth a look.
It is a soft and approachable wine with great aromatic appeal and strong varietal expression. There is a gentle opulence on the palate, lovely fine tannin and flavours that fan out at the finish. But it is its ethereal nature that makes it particularly mesmerising.
It seems that Clone 777 likes its home on Quealy’s warm north-facing site on the Mornington Peninsula.Clonal type is important when it comes to pinot noir character. Of course, it is not just the type itself, but how the clone performs and expresses itself in the environment in which it is grown.
Clone 777, originally from the Côte d’Or in Burgundy, is often described as having darker, black fruit characters, as well as a deep colour. However, Quealy’s Tussie Mussie is bright and lively with a distinct cherry vein. Regarding winemaking, only the free run juice is used to retain softness (with it run off skins at two different intervals). So, it’s the combination of clone, site and winemaking that is important.
The 2016 Tussie Mussie is only the second single vineyard pinot noir produced from this vineyard. But it seems that Clone 777 likes its home on Quealy’s warm north-facing site on the Mornington Peninsula. It will be interesting to see how the clone expresses itself in different seasons.
And just what is a Tussie Mussie? A little bouquet of herbs and flowers. Quite a charming name for a vineyard, particularly one planted to pinot noir and pinot gris.