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  • 2017 Yarra Valley

    Pinot Noir

    The Vintage

    Winter and Spring were both cool with plentiful rainfall. Summer was mild, which led to a late start to vintage under clear sunny skies with cool nights - perfect weather for harvesting Pinot Noir. Flavour ripeness was excellent at low sugar levels.

    The Sites

    Lone Star Creek - Woori Yallock, Upper Yarra Valley. 79%.

    Deep red volcanic soil over clay. Excellent water retention. Northerly aspect. MV6 clone Pinot Noir planted in 1998. Hand-picked on 16th March 2017.

    Willowlake - Gladysdale, Upper Yarra Valley. 21%.

    Clay loam soil. Southerly aspect. MV6 clone Pinot Noir planted in 1991. Hand-picked on 17th March 2017.

    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. 20% 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 19th January 2018.

    The Wine

    Our 2017 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir has a bright and sparkling ruby-red colour. The nose shows wonderful intensity, a bouquet of red berries, plums and cherries is complemented by forest-floor aromas and subtle oak. The palate is equally generous and complex, red fruits are balanced with savoury spice. Silky tannins lead on to a delightfully long finish.

    13.0% alcohol Screwcap

    $40 per bottle

    2017 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir