James Suckling 96 points. A blend of de-classified Original Vineyard and Block K pinot noir, aimed at a more direct, youthful style. The nose has super clear red cherries, dark cherries and raspberries with a very complex, spicy edge that is so deeply wrapped into the fruit. Some rose-like florals, too. Wow. The palate has an elegantly juicy feel with a smooth, pastry-like tannin texture. Layered and succulent. Such pristine red to dark-cherry flavors. JS. The Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir is based upon declassified grapes from the Original Vineyard planted in 1988 and grapes from the new Block K, planted in 2001. The ideal of this wine is to...
WINERY NOTE: The 2020 Dixon spent 10 months in barrel and was bottled in mid February. This wine is a composition of sections of the original 1988 planting and the 2001 Kaye vineyard. It has a lifted nose of roses, red cherries, strawberries, rhubarb and spice. The palate is fresh, supple, smooth, builds in texture and has good length. As always, it will be more complex and fuller in three plus years. The Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir is based upon declassified grapes from the Original Vineyard planted in 1988 and grapes from the new Block K, planted in 2001. The ideal of this wine is to produce a delicious, perfumed, spicy harmonious, textured...
James Halliday 96 points. Oak provides a modest spruce, but fruit, spice, tannin and a pure line of acidity all work here towards something wonderful. Complex flavours run along precisely drawn lines; tannin taps at the edges with the touch of a watchmaker. JH. The Original Vineyard has over its history become know for its signature perfumed bouquet and silky, pure palate. This relatively quartz riddled, gently north sloping three acre vineyard produces very fine, spicy, fragrant wine that has high natural acidity and develops beautifully given 6-10 years careful cellaring. As it ages the depth of aroma increases in and the palate becomes...
The Original Vineyard has over its history become know for its signature perfumed bouquet and silky, pure palate. This relatively quartz riddled, gently north sloping three acre vineyard produces very fine, spicy, fragrant wine that has high natural acidity and develops beautifully given 6-10 years careful cellaring. As it ages the depth of aroma increases in and the palate becomes increasingly harmonious and is characterized by a sweet fruited, textured flourish. In comparison to the Block Five this wine is more seductive and delicious in its youth whilst still significantly rewarding cellar time. The wine spends 15-17 months in French...
Huon Hooke 95 points. The Farrside vineyard sits on a northeast-facing slope and consists of limestone topped with black volcanic soil. The vines were planted in 2001 and run east-west to protect the fruit from overexposure to the sun. The clones are a mixture of 114, 115, 777, 667 and MV6. Even though the Farrside and Sangreal vineyards are only 300 metres apart, the darker soils and cooler growing conditions of the Farrside vineyard mean these grapes are picked 10 to 12 days after all others and produce a more masculine and edgy wine. The fruit is hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, then fermented in an open-top fermenter. Between 40...
Very good colour retention; supple and silky, flooded with dark cherry and satsuma plum fruit, this has only just embarked on a journey that, over the next 5+ years, will reveal the spice and sous bois notes presently locked up in it, albeit already with perfect balance. 95 points. James Halliday Published 01 August 2018. These are wines that are built around the seasons in which they are grown, the sense of place, and an expression of emotion. Sit back and take in the aromas from a glass of this pinot as you think about sitting at the top of the vineyard surrounded by cows, water, grass and all things Western District farming. Sweat and...
“Fruit from the Coal River Valley in Tassie, but made in the Yarra via the gentle way that defines Giant Steps. Yet the density and power of the place, the fruit intensity, comes through strongly. Dark cherries abound, but so too savoury, umami flavours of soy sauce and dried porcini with meaty reduction and spicy oak adding another layer. Full bodied with shapely tannins and a persuasive finish. A neat counterpoint to the Yarra Valley single-vineyard wines.” 95 points, Jane Faulkner. James Halliday Wine Companion 94 points. Some cold soak, some whole-bunch ferment, all matured in French barriques (25% new) for 8 months. Bright, fresh...
“Medium to light red/purple colour. Very floral and rose-petally, with a tinge of lavender. Highly aromatic pinot. The palate is light to medium-weight and finely-textured, with a sheen of firm but fine tannins adding grip and structure. The aftertaste has a brothy umami savouriness and a lingering aftertaste. Compact and focused. An excellent Yarra pinot but if anything just a bit light. 95 points, Huon Hooke
“Medium-depth red/purple hue. Lovely ripe red to dark cherry aromas, fresh and bright, already very accessible. Ample fine tannins , in balance. Beautifully made. A juicy pinot to enjoy relatively young. This gives a stack of pleasure. 95 points, Huon Hooke.
James Halliday Wine Companion, 96 points. 60/40% upper/lower Yarra Valley fruit. Hand picked and open-fermented with 60% whole berries, the remainder whole bunches. A very bright, light–medium crimson red. A gentle waft of fresh raspberries and cranberries, with just the right amount of spice-rack spices. Delicious right out of the gate, this medium-bodied and refreshing wine will age well too. The perfect introduction to modern Yarra pinot. Philip Rich Published 29 December 2021. Wine Spectator 92 points. Vibrant, expressive and spicy, with fresh raspberry, cherry and pomegranate flavors, and notes of toasted cumin, cardamom, sage and...
Winery Notes: A strong vintage for Pinot Noir in the Yarra Valley, both upper and lower. The wines benefited from the longer hang time provided by a cool January and February, allowing flavours to fully develop. 100% Yarra Valley fruit, predominantly hand-picked Harvested Feb-March 2019 10% whole bunch fermented Hand plunged in open fermenters Combination of yeasts including indigenous fermentation Matured in French oak for 9 months, 10% of which was new 4 days of cold soaking at 10C preferment Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years
A blend of 80% Shiraz and 20% Pinot Noir. Small production. Big heart. 95 points - Mike Bennie The Wine Front "Cor blimey, this is a wine! Such beautiful texture, vibrancy, shimmering cherry juice and cranberry tang, layers of spice, herb, a bristling line of acidity and such fine and shape-giving tannins. It’s one of those wines that feels beautiful let alone tastes delicious. Lighter weight style with all the structure. Super stuff here." Halliday Wine Companion, 95 points. The tension between tannin, acidity, savoury nuances and fruit is high. It feels as though all the components here are sitting straight and alert. Earth, rust,...
WINERY NOTE: It all starts with the vineyard, paying careful attention to pruning and the health of the vines. Cool climate vineyards enable the vines to produce rich flavours and characters over a longer growing season. Our Pinots have never been shy in colour and the 2018 vintage is no exception - gorgeous crimson red with a hint of purple. Aromas of cranberry, lavender, violet and herbs. The plate is supple with soft tannins, leading to a long, lingering finish. Closure: Screw Cap Perfect with cold tea smoked duck!
The perfect example of a Yarra Valley pinot noir, taken from vineyards throughout the region. Ruby red, bright and fresh; this pinot is fruit forward, with a little spice, and very easy to drink. Colour: bright ruby. Aroma: black cherry, violets, raspberry, spice. Palate: red berry fruit, cherry, silky tannin. Cellar: zero to eight years.
WINERY NOTE: Our Pinot Noir has an attractive garnet colour and delivers a cherry and raspberry fruit profile along with savoury fleshiness. The barrel fermentation develops the rich flavour and aroma of the wine and a good portion of new barrels adding classic soft oak characters helping the overall integration of the wine. Serving the wine cool (around 15 degrees) will ensure the flavour profile which suits pairing with Mediterranean dishes, chicken, duck and light meats. ‘A savoury Pinot Noir with elegant red fruits and soft, composed length.’
WINERY NOTE: The concept behind our Equilibrio range is to promote the very best barrels, clonal mix and new oak integration to create a wine that will benchmark the potential of each vintage. Some would call it Reserve but we call it Equilibrio as great wine is all about harmony and balance. This vintage, we treated small parcels of our MV6, D4V2 and 777 clones a little differently in the vineyard. We pruned for lower yields and also completed a green harvest to keep the fruit level below 2.5 tonnes per acre. At harvest, these blocks were handpicked and combined to be vinified as one parcel. The resultant wine is elegant and structured with...
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