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COLDSTREAM HILLS Reserve Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 2017

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95 points - HH 95 HH COLDSTREAM HILLS Reserve Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 2017 COLDSTREAM HILLS Reserve Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 2017

COLDSTREAM HILLS Reserve Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 2017

<p>Coldstream Hills Reserve Pinot Noir is a legacy of the winery's founder, wine writer James Halliday, although he is no longer involved in winemaking. The wine typically shows bright, dark cherry, ginger, meaty aromas and flavours, superb buoyancy of fruit, a silken texture and underlying vanillin oak. The wine finishes with a 'peacock's tail'; a long elegant and flavoursome flourish. Sourced predominantly from the dramatic north-facing 1985 planted Amphitheatre A Block and 1988 planted Ampitheatre B Block, the soils are 'unambiguously acidic' and largely ancient weathered clay loams. The estate-grown fruit is batch vinified using Burgundian techniques including pre-fermentation cold soak, vinification at warm temperatures in open stainless steel fermenters, partial whole bunch fermentation and hand plunging. This is followed by 9-11 months in new (up to 50%) and seasoned French oak barriques and puncheons.</p>
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Coldstream Hills Reserve Pinot Noir is a legacy of the winery's founder, wine writer James Halliday, although he is no longer involved in winemaking. The wine typically shows bright, dark cherry, ginger, meaty aromas and flavours, superb buoyancy of fruit, a silken texture and underlying vanillin oak. The wine finishes with a 'peacock's tail'; a long elegant and flavoursome flourish. Sourced predominantly from the dramatic north-facing 1985 planted Amphitheatre A Block and 1988 planted Ampitheatre B Block, the soils are 'unambiguously acidic' and largely ancient weathered clay loams. The estate-grown fruit is batch vinified using Burgundian techniques including pre-fermentation cold soak, vinification at warm temperatures in open stainless steel fermenters, partial whole bunch fermentation and hand plunging. This is followed by 9-11 months in new (up to 50%) and seasoned French oak barriques and puncheons.

  • Style: Pinot Noir
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Region: Yarra Valley
  • Code: CHRPN
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Country: Australia

Region Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley The Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes

Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.
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Winery COLDSTREAM HILLS

Noted Australian wine writer James Halliday and his wife Suzanne established Coldstream Hills in Victoria’s Yarra Valley in 1985. Halliday juggled his career as a lawyer in the early days. He could often be seen tending his vines at godforsaken hours to squeeze in his workload. The winery is now part of the Treasury Wine Estates portfolio. Winemaking is led by the highly credentialed Andrew Fleming. Over the years, Fleming has upheld Coldstream Hills’ reputation for producing top notch single vineyard and reserve wines primarily from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
ABN: 13 133 179 656
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ABN: 13 133 179 656 New South Wales: Liquor Act 2007. It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. License Number: LIQP770010303 Victoria: Victoria Liquor Control Reform Act 1998: It is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (Penalty exceeds $17,000), for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor (Penalty exceeds $700). License Number: 32055289