Wantirna Estate ranks among the elite of the Yarra Valley and this pinot noir is something very special.
Established in 1963 and with an annual production of fewer than 1000 cases in total, Wantirna Estate ranks among the elite of the Yarra Valley. Handcrafted terrior-driven wines are a reflection of meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of viticulture and winemaking, and a vineyard site that is naturally low-yielding.
"You don't need too many fingers to count the number of 'cult' wineries of the 1970s and early 1980s that are still in the hands of their original owners. Fewer still are actually performing better today than ever before," as Jeremy Oliver puts it. "Wantirna Estate is one such winery and its modern success is a culmination of experience, the introduction of fresh ideas and a proven ability to learn."
"Poached strawberry, cherry, a musky and rosy perfume, spicy woody top notes, slightly bloody/earthy too. It’s medium-bodied, but it’s also a firm and savoury wine, a little orange peel in with cedar and rhubarb, and I like the way the tannin is etched through – you can really feel it – and there’s a firm toasty finish of excellent length. It’s typical house/vineyard style here, though maybe a little more finely wrought than is usual. Very good. A few more years cellaring would be ideal." 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!