Few parts of Australia are capable of producing Pinot Noir with such an ineffable meld of svelte textures and intoxicating aromas, as Victoria. Celebrate the distinctive sub-regions of the state with this six-pack selection of premium Victorian Pinot from top producers.
In this pack, you will find two bottles each of:
Clyde Park Vineyard Bannockburn Pinot Noir, Geelong 2019
D.M.L Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 2019
BASS PHILLIP WINES Crown Prince Pinot Noir, South Gippsland 2018
This is a well-powered pinot noir, both savoury and fruit-driven, with roasted nut, herb and twig notes washed thoroughly through red cherry and plum-like fruit. It’s tangy but not too much so, spicy in an integrated way, dry through the finish and well structured. There was a game-like note when I first opened it but it eased away to reveal pure fruit and spice. Above average quality here.
92+ points, The Wine Front (July 2020)
MV6, hand-picked and sorted, whole berry-open fermented, matured for 10 months in French oak (25% new). The colour isn't as bright as its Mornington Peninsula sibling, but the bouquet is carried on an exotic array of spices and forest berries. The palate is typical Yarra Valley, with drive coming from red fruits and superfine, savoury tannins.
96 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)
It’s very pretty and refined. All fresh raspberry and red cherry, floral perfume and a dusting of spice, kind of juicy, but nicely composed, expanding and filling the mouth with flavour and gentle emery tannin, fresh and long through the finish. Wholesome feeling, classic styling, and just lovely to drink.
95 points, The Wine Front (May 2020)
A sultry style of pinot that has plenty of suave red-cherry and fresh-violet aromas. The palate has a very fleshy feel with supple flavors of red and dark cherries. A nice kick of juicy acidity livens up the finish. 92 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 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.