Grown mostly on the Lone Star Creek Vineyard at Woori Yallock with help from the Willowlake vineyard at Gladysdale. 20% whole bunches. It's a crisp, light, bell-clear Pinot with pretty cranberry, red cherry and musk flavours topped off with spice and briar. Easy drinkability with just a touch extra. Drink to 2023. 93 points, Wine Companion (10/2017).
Light purple/red colour, young and fresh but light colour. The aromas are strawberry and red cherry -- quite fruit-driven and delicious. Pure-fruited, but not straightforward. The wine is sweetly cherry-flavoured and fresh, clean and bright, with stacks of appeal in a lighter mould. Delicious wine in a lighter style. Drink to 2029. 93 points, Real Review (10/2017).
Winemaker Damian North is a lovely gentleman with wines that speak of the Yarra Valley with great clarity. This is fruit from the upper Yarra, an unusual year climatically for grape growing and harvesting… Pretty perfume of red cherry, watermelon, rose water, briar and clove. The palate… has a rearguard of sweet fruit that finishes off each sip nicely. Soft, succulent texture, a little burr of dusty-savoury tannin... gentle sweetness a motif. It’s very nice drinking. Delicious bistro style... Drink to 2023. 91 points, Wine Front (5/2017).
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.