"it?s seriously impressive at every turn"Campbell Mattinson"it’s seriously impressive at every turn"Campbell Mattinson
Single vineyard. Close-planted. MV6 and Pommard Clones. Straight into ‘stand back and admire’ territory. I’m tempted to call it a structural release because there’s certainly an emphasis there, though there’s also a healthy spread of fruit and spice flavour; this is a wine with a powerful presence, its lightness of colour at odds with the impact it achieves. Herb-age, spice-age, swings of sweetness and savouriness; it’s seriously impressive at every turn. Tasted: Apr 18; Alcohol: 13.2%; Price: $60; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2028; Rated: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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!