"the vibrancy and freshness that takes your breath away" James Halliday Wine Companion 2020
"97 Points. The wine has 5% whole bunch and 5% viognier co-fermented (wild), 15 days on skins, no punchdowns only pumpovers, matured in French puncheons (25% new) for 11 months. The colour is superb, but it's the vibrancy and freshness that takes your breath away, the flavours tingling on the tongue after you have swallowed. 13.5% alc Drink By: 2038 Screwcap" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.
The palate is layered and woven with super fine savoury but silky tannins. Blue and red fruits, spice, perfume and fragrant, it is finely structured and detailed.. The 2018 has a richness, fleshiness and real volume of fruit, structurally and texturally it reminds of the 2014 and 2015.
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!