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  • 2016 Yarra Valley

    Pinot Noir

    The Vintage

    Warm Spring weather led to excellent fruit-set and above average yields. The warmer than average Summer was thankfully without major heat-spikes. Warm and dry weather continued through to a record early harvest.

    The Sites

    Lone Star Creek - Woori Yallock, Upper Yarra Valley. 80%.

    Deep red volcanic soil over clay. Excellent water retention. Northerly aspect. MV6 clone Pinot Noir planted in 1998. Hand-picked on 1st & 2nd March 2016.

    Willowlake - Gladysdale, Upper Yarra Valley. 20%.

    Clay loam soil. Southerly aspect. MV6 clone Pinot Noir planted in 1991. Hand-picked on 29th February 2016.

    The Winemaking

    The fruit was 80% destemmed, with 20% whole bunches included in open fermenters ranging from 1 - 4 tonnes in capacity. Fermentation commenced in its own time using only wild yeast. The cap was gently hand plunged and also pumped over once per day during the peak of fermentation. After an average of 14 days on skins the wine was pressed and transferred to barrel. 25% of the oak was new French barriques (Dargaud & Jaegle, D’Aquitane & Quintessence), with the remainder in older French barriques. Maturation in oak lasted for around 9 months before bottling on 1st February 2017.

    The Wine

    The 2016 Journey Wines Yarra Valley Pinot Noir has a bright garnet colour. The nose shows gorgeous Pinot lift, red berry aromas bursting from the glass. Red cherry and cranberry aromas are complemented by subtle spiciness and oak. The palate is soft, juicy and generous - a delicious spiciness and fine tannins leading on to a long finish.

    13.0% alcohol Screwcap

    $38 per bottle

    2016 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir