Made entirely from the MV6 clone, the ‘First Light’ Reserve Pinot Noir truly reflects the unique characteristics of Australia’s very own Pinot Noir clone. The MV6 clone was propagated in Griffith and MV stands for Mother Vine.
About this Wine
Made entirely from the MV6 clone, the ‘First Light’ Reserve Pinot Noir truly reflects the unique characteristics of Australia’s very own Pinot Noir clone. The MV6 clone was propagated in Griffith and MV stands for Mother Vine, the original vines which were propagated from cuttings from the famed Clos Vougeot vineyard in France’s Burgundy region.
The vines that produce the ‘First Light’ were planted in 1980, so are well into their 3rd decade, and as such require minimal work with regard to monitoring fruit loads. By the very fact that they are aged means that they are by nature low yielding and consistently express both varietal and terroir characteristics with the minimum of fuss.
"Retains its good colour; the bouquet and palate have started to develop the complex, spicy, savoury forest floor characters that are the mark of top flight pinot noir. The length of the palate is of itself a measure of the quality of this wine, and the great '15 vintage promises even more down the track." 96pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
About the Winery
"Helen's Hill Estate is named after the previous owner of the property, Helen Fraser. Venture partners Andrew and Robyn McIntosh and Roma and Allan Nalder combined childhood farming experience with more recent careers in medicine and finance to establish and manage the day-to-day operations of the estate. It produces two labels: Helen's Hill Estate and Ingram Rd, both made onsite.
Scott McCarthy started his career early by working vintages during school holidays before gaining diverse and extensive experience in the Barossa and Yarra valleys, Napa Valley, Languedoc, the Loire Valley and Marlborough. The winery, cellar door complex and elegant 140-seat restaurant command some of the best views in the valley. Exports to the Maldives, Hong Kong and China." 5 Star Winery Rating - James Halliday
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!