98 Points- one of the highest Rated Pinot Noir this year! "A glorious salute to the vintage, and the very best grapes from the estate" James Halliday
Toolangi's E Block - home to 17-year-old vines of the MV6 clone - has been identified as growing the best of the best Pinot Noir that this Dixon's Creek vineyard produces. The first release under the new regime, 2018's fruit was partially de-stemmed (50% whole bunch) before a short cold soak and wild fermentation. All up the wine spent 25 days on skins before being pressed to French oak (20% new) for eight months. Unfined and unfiltered.
"There's some wines I just know I should leave for Campbell. Red cherry, brown bread, plenty of bunchy spice, almost a Campari sort of thing happening, a bit of rubber and aniseed. It's medium-bodied, savoury and spicy with a pleasant amaro bitterness, juicy raspberry and red cherry, firm emery tannin, clean acidity, and a pretty convincing finish, with orange in the aftertaste." 94 points, Gary Walsh, 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!