“This feels like a very different release of Block 5, even more symphonic, sure, there’s a lot of that always going on with this wine, but around central Bindi Block 5 thematics, dark fruit, finesse, power, texture, structure, there’s something almost avant garde here – high toned floral and peppery/mezcal notes, lavish garrigue characters, amaro too. It’s a wine that seems vividly complex and shape-shifted dramatically over four days open. Perfume is wild, brambly, sweet-sour fruits and light woody spice. The palate is silky but in a way that feels brushed the wrong way, in the best sense, where tannins overlap and grip gently....
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 wine that is not as intense, complex nor ageworthy as our individual vineyard wines. Even when the outstanding Block K vines are older we will continue to declassify sections or barrels from each vineyard and produce this wine. The wine is fermented the same way as our other Pinot Noirs in that it is ostensibly 100% de-stemmed and gently worked in small open vats. The wine spends 11 months in French...
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...
“This is great pinot noir. Silky, satiny, sumptuous but bright, held in its sheath by tat-work of lacy tannins. A sense of purity, fresh fruit, gently sweet, a nibble of bright acidity and pleasing bitterness, cool flow, exceptional length and such a delightful, gentle flow of all this. It tastes refreshing, in a way, or gives off a sense of that feeling. Effortless and straight up delicious, with plenty of architecture, particularly in the sense of smooth rock and slate-like minerality embedded in the subtle fruit characters of the wine. This is pure class, pure feeling, wonderful drinking, sparks imagination and calls you back to the...
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 to 50 per cent of the...
Wine Front 93 points. The vineyard (planted on original rootstock in 2001) is located in the heart of the Western District Farming country, approximately 150 kilometers south-west of Melbourne. The soils across the slope of the site are a mixture of grey sandy clay loams at the south end to dark brown loams with fragments of buckshot and quartz gravels towards the north. All with underlying brown to yellow clays. Overall the soils remain very moist throughout the year because of the clay based soil profile and annual rainfall of 885mm, resulting in the very attractive damp earthiness character in the fruit and wine. Nick Farr has been taking...
The fruit for this wine is sourced from the Cote Vineyard as is the GC Chardonnay. A close planted / high density planting of Pinot Noir on a exposed cote. These hillsides facing North, North East and East will be the backbone of the Farr dynasty for decades to come. The fruit is hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, then fermented in an open-top fermenter. Between 40 to 50 per cent of the fruit will be stemmed and then cold soaked for four days. We use only the natural yeast for the fermentation process, which takes roughly 19 days. Grape-stomping (known as pigeage) will occur two to three times a day depending on the amount of extraction...
The Sangreal vineyard was planted in 1994, making it their oldest vineyard. It lies on a north-facing slope and the soil composition is bluestone and over limestone, with red ironstone colouring the surface. This is unlike our other vineyards, which are mostly black volcanic soil with heavy amounts of limestone on the surface. The vine rows run north-south, receiving full sun exposure throughout the day, resulting in more perfumed, prettier wines. This is always the first vineyard to be harvested. The clones used in Sangreal are 114 and 115, which we believe have mutated over time to become the ‘Sangreal clone’, now within its own...
From a single, one-hectare vineyard comes a wine with the classic By Farr nose - a beautiful earth-driven bouquet of integrated spicy fruit, mineral elements and oak characters. Tout Pres' signature forest floor character is complemented by fine tannins.
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
Gary Walsh, Wine Front, 95+ points. A blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Pinot Noir. Small production. Big heart. It’s a wine that most often brings a smile to my face, and for a slightly jaded animal such as myself, that’s something of a small joy. Fine, perfumed, juicy, supple, are words that roll quickly off the keyboard as I taste. In terms of detail, well I’m thinking raspberry, a touch of smokiness, chocolate wrappers and other happy things. There’s a gentle graininess to the tannin, a coolness to the acidity, and a fine almost savoury finish. It’s a beautiful wine. Something different, and quite special I feel. GW. WINEMAKERS...
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!
Trophy: Pinot Noir of the Year for Australia and NZ - Winestate 2019. Only 2100 bottles produced. WINERY NOTES: WINE NOTES Colour: plum red, hints of purple Aroma: black cherry, blueberry, five spice + potpourri Palate: supple, berry fruits, bright acidity, gentle tannins, structured, lingering finish Cellar: mid term cellaring - 10 years VITICULTURE Region: Yarra Valley Vineyard: Willowlake Vineyard, Gladysdale Mandala Vineyard, Yarra Junction Harvest: handpicked 15th + 18th March 2017 WINEMAKING Process: gently destemmed, whole berry, 20% whole bunch Fermentation: open pots, 4 day cold soak, partial wild ferment, foot stomped, warm ferment...
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 flagship Pinot Noir, taken from cooler Yarra Valley sites for freshness and bright fruit. Everything you’d want in a top-quality Yarra Valley Pinot Noir; red fruits shine up front with layers of savoury and spice supporting with elegance and depth of flavour; bright and finely structured. WINE NOTES Colour: pale cherry red Aroma: violets, perfume, chocolate, maraschino cherry Palate: dark cherry, mocha, vanilla, silky tannins Cellar: 0 to 10 years WINEMAKING Process: destemmed, whole berry, 4 day cold soak Fermentation: open pot fermenters, hand plunged, wild and inoculated ferments Barrel: 30% new French oak, 70% 1st and...
“Sweetly fragrant red and dark cherries with some amaro-like herb and spice complexity. The palate has a very fresh, crisply defined feel with intense red-cherry flavors and a crunchy resolve. 92Points.” JamesSuckling.com, October 2020 [2019 Vintage]. 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...
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...
“Plenty of bold red cherries and berries in a sappy and gently earthy frame of complex aromas. The palate has a very vividly powerful stance and elegant yet intense tannins, carrying strawberry, red-cherry and plum flavors. Impressive. 94 Points.” JamesSuckling.com, October 2020 [2019 Vintage]. WINERY NOTE: Pinot Noir is a very selective grape. It does not like the heat but does like the sun. It likes to be on well drained soils so not good on flat landscapes. It likes warm days but more important, cold summer nights. It is so demanding that only a few Australian regions can aspire to produce a Pinot Noir of any pedigree. The Yarra...
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