Wantirna Estate 'Lily' Pinot Noir 2018

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About This Wine

The vineyard has three distinct blocks of Pinot Noir and these are all hand harvested separately. Despite the vineyard area being only 10 acres in total, the different blocks each deliver unique characters and there’s often up to two weeks’ difference in the harvest dates. The mature block - with vines dating back to the early 1970s - gives the wine its savoury tones and fine tannins. The Front Block fruit is spicy whilst the Fruit Tree block is generously fruity. Each component adds complexity when blended together, making the style of Pinot Noir Wantirna Estate is known for. Winemaking is fairly traditional. The fruit is processed within an hour of being picked. Firstly it is destemmed into open vats. Once fermentation begins the ferment is hand plunged three to four times per day. After fermentation the wine is pressed off and transferred to barrel for about 11 months. A variety of French oak coopers are used and we generally opt for about 30% new oak.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Brand Wantirna Estate
Vintage 2018

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.

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