Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
The steeply sloping blocks in Upper Yarra Valley, astride Gembrook Rd and adjacent to Hoddles Creek, were designed by the hand of Providence, to yield stellar vintages of world class Pinot Noir. The challenging hillsides prohibit mechanical harvesting, it's all done by hand, except for the treading, laboriously foot stomped. No expenses were ever spared in the construct of the Hoddles Creek cellars, purpose built for the ageing of good red wine. The estate Winery Block and Top Paddock are planted mostly to Pinot Noir clone MV6, with smaller parcels of 114, 115, GSV15 and MS1.
Grapes are all hand picked, hand sorted and destemmed without crushing, a component is treated to several days of cold soak. Parcels are vinified through a mix of wild and cultured yeasts as the cap is managed by a course of pigeage et dÃ©lestage. Upon completion, batches are gently pressed and transferred to a selection of new and seasoned oak barrels for up to a year's maturation.
Bright red in the glass. Nose is complex, fragrant and earthy with raspberry, cherry and spice coming to the fore, cranberries and sweet Pinot fruit notes, barnyard notes and a touch of creamy oak. Fresh and vibrant palate with bright red fruit and herb characters supported by fine spicy oak and crisp tannins, approachable on release, lingering on the palate and seriously delicious.