Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
The Yarra Ridge team have captured the distinct expression of Yarra Valley Pinot Noir. Upper Valley fruit, known for it's aromaticness and delicacy, has been combined with components of richer and riper grapes picked off vineyards lower down the valley floor at close proximities to the Yarra Ridge wineworks. The emphasis here is on ageing in seasoned French oak to enhance the fruit, showcasing the velvety nature and sublime cherry, barnyard and rhubarb characters of truly satisfying and memorable Yarra Valley Pinot Noir.
Standards for inclusion into Yarra Ridge Pinot Noir are set to the most exacting specifications. Fruit must express luscious berry characters and distinctive varietal flavours while displaying ripe tannins and favourable acid profiles. Grapes are cold soaked to extract the maximum colour and flavour. Inoculation and vinification is followed by small parcels completing their fermentations in French oak. All parcels underwent full malolactic which softened any harsh acids. Each vineyard parcel is kept separate throughout the winemaking process and reviewed prior to the final assemblage. Yarra Ridge was treated to an extended maturation in a combination of tight grained French oak barrels.
Dark cherry red in colour. Lifted aromas of strawberry and spice, a touch of cranberry, earthiness and hints of subtle oak, leafyness and whisps of cedar. Ripe plums and subtle five spice flavours on the tongue, the palate is soft and generous with doses of sweet and sour red and black cherries, the smoothest tannins are fully integrated with background oak.