About This Wine
Bright and energetic, laden with red berries, violets, spiced cherries and musky, plummy depth, the complex nose opens up to reveal savoury cedar and salumi elements, with hints of liquorice. Powerful and elegant on the palate, this is classic Yarra Valley Pinot. It’s fleshy, round and with a gently sappy twist, the super fine tannins frame a wine of real length. With time in the glass, and despite the apparent contradiction, the wine builds in volume and intensity while also looking both fresher and livelier. A lovely wine now, this will cellar beautifully for many years.
Yarra Valley Wine
The Yarra Valley wine region is the most important area of wine production in Victoria today, and with its proximity to Melbourne, also the most visited in the state.
Yarra Valley is split into the Upper Yarra and the valley floor. The Upper Yarra is cooler in climate due to its elevation and coupled with younger, fertile, red soils produces most of the region’s notable varietals: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The valley floor is warmer and has predominantly grey soils with pockets of granite and limestone.
Pinot noir has long been considered a notoriously difficult variety to grow. However, the cool climate and longer growing seasons of the Yarra Valley allow the fruit to develop full flavoured and ripe character.
Chardonnay in the past has long been associated with a deep oily, buttery style that experiences full malolactic fermentation and great amounts of oak. This style has since fallen out of favour and wine makers in the Yarra Valley have capitalized on this trend to produce leaner, acid driven Chardonnays that are closer in style to those from Burgundy.
The Wine Front – Plum, red fruits, plenty of spice, sarsaparilla, smoky and autumnal. Medium bodied, sappy and red fruited, brown bread, layers of spice, bright minerally acidity, firmish kitten’s tongue tannin, and a spicy, ashen and wheaten finish of excellent length and precision. There’s an abundance of character and interest packed into the bottle, and more to come, I’d suggest. 93+ points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
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