Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
Coldstream Hills make the quintessential Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, gentle and exquisitely balanced, well developed and engagingly complex. Whole bunch stalkiness and refined French oak add structure and interest. A gamey, earthy proposition displaying all the requisite varietal characters, a stylish wine of intensity and velvet textures, brimming with punnets of ripe berry flavours. Elegantly medium bodied, lined with silky tannins, the Pinot Noir of choice to accompany gourmandise venison, braised hare or succulently roast duck.
Coldstream Hills were established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday. From its initial vintage of 450 dozen, it has grown to become one of Australia's leading small wineries with a reputation that belies its size. Situated in the cool Yarra Valley, its steep, closely planted vineyards have become a signature of the region. So too have its wines, most notably a Pinot Noir which reflects a clime cooler than Bordeaux and warmer than Burgundy. Hand picked grapes from low yielding vineyards in Upper and Lower Yarra Valley are vinified to a variety of Burgundian handling techniques, including whole bunch fermentation and a term of age in a selection of choice French oak barrels. Alcohol 13.5%
Medium red, vibrant purple hues. Fragrant cherry and blueberry fruit aromas with underlying gaminess and spice. Toasty oak adds further complexity to the wine's bouquet, but does not dominate. Vibrant fruit characters of cherry, strawberry and blueberry persist on the juicy palate alongside stalky savoury notes of game, leaf and spice.