This wine is made from grapes sourced from selected Yarra Valley growers. The colour is mid red, deliciously perfumed with plum and exotic spices, rare roast lamb, sage and red fruits. The palate is fleshy and full with succulent acidity and substantial velvet tannins. Made without filtration and minimally handled, this Pinot is very drinkable on release.
"Wild yeast-fermented contract-grown grapes, neither fined nor filtered. The colour is still youthful; the bouquet has dark fruit and multi-spice aromas, the palate taking these to another level, with a savoury bent giving the texture, complexity and drive only the best pinots have."
94 points, Wine Companion (February 2013)
"This was the pinot of my youth. The reference that served as the conduit for my love of this capricious variety, as much for my infatuation with its spiritual home of Burgundy. Among the Australian greats! Hailing from an elevated vineyard in the Yarra, this is not short of flavour despite 10 years of cellaring. Fermented wild with a seasoning of whole-bunch in the mix, patience has conferred a growl of dank forest floor scents and their autumnal tinge of porcini and woodsmoke, to punchy bing cherry notes, sapid and long of linger. The sort of complex aromas that Pinot alone can lay claim to. Seldom does a Pinot of such provenance come along. Outstanding value."
91 points, drink to 2023 (April 2020)
Yarra ValleyThe 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.