"I sat, at the desk, at work, enthralled. This is a wine." Campbell Mattinson
"I sat, at the desk, at work, enthralled. This is a wine." Campbell Mattinson"I sat, at the desk, at work, enthralled. This is a wine." Campbell Mattinson
"An outstanding wine in all respects" James Halliday
80% whole bunch. An outstanding wine in all respects. Ripped with herbs, awash with wood smoke, plush with fruit and undergrowth and strung with tannin. Everything is firm, purposeful, dripping with character. There's a velvety aspect to the texture, for good measure. This is what it's all about. Halliday Wine Companion 2016
"It's smoky. It's herbal. It's strewn with leaves and spices, like a wine windswept, like a savoury storm. It's cherried at heart, of course, sour-cherried, almost cranberried, with streaks of bitterness and spots of stalk, all strung out, all pulling on the wine, all building tension, like points of drama, like it's plotting to mesmerise you. It succeeded. I sat, at the desk, at work, enthralled. This is a wine."Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 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!