Wantirna Estate Lily Pinot Noir 2015
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.
The Wine Front – Musky rose and spice perfume, red cherry and raspberry, cedar and toast. Medium bodied, and light in frame and elegant in red fruit flavour, but served with substantial Turkish coffee tannin that coats and coasts on to the long finish. Acidity is just right, and it feels serious, and playful at once. Delightful. Needs a couple of years more in bottle I’d say.
In a mixed or straight case: $73.14