Red cherry fruits, violets, campari and a pinch of aniseed spice. Cherry fruits dominate the palate with a pinch of Chinese five spice for complexity. A silky elegance combined with a fine tannin structure, to produce a medium-bodied yet powerful style. Plenty of tannin to reward some cellaring.
The grapes were hand-picked and chilled overnight. Processing the following day along a fruit sorting table and destemmed gently into our signature small fermenters. Some whole bunches were used to contribute subtle stalk structure and a generous fruit profile. Working of the ferment by gentle hand plunging twice daily contributes to the soft fruit palate along with gentle pressing. Maturation for 10 months in all French barrels with 30% new and the balance older oak.
Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia.
Varietals: Pinot Noir
Appearance: Bright crimson
Vines: Fruit for this wine was sourced from the Yarra Yering planting of Pinot Noir, containing some of the oldest vines of their type in the Yarra Valley. A mixed planting of 4 clones was undertaken in 1969, then followed up with replication in 1981 (top of the slope) & 1984 (bottom of the slope).
Cellaring: Pinot noir is such an enjoyable young wine, this wine will reward some patience with cellaring for up to 10 years under suitable cellaring conditions.
Vintage 2020: A challenging year began with unstable weather during flowering resulting in poor fruit set. A dry summer followed with devastating bushfires in many viticultural regions but lucky for us, the Yarra Valley was spared this time. Late January brought a drop in temperature and regular rainfall. The wines from 2020 have a lot of grace, a cooler season and light crops presents in their fragrance, medium weight and bright acid line.
Analysis: ALC: 13%
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