Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
Rob Sticks Dolan's career in the wine industry began under the tutelage of Greg Clayfield and John Vickery at the enduring Rouge Homme. Dolan established his affinity for Pinot Noir on the international stage when he claimed the prestigious Bouchard-Finlayson Trophy for Champion Pinot Noir at the prestigious London International. Sticks represents an immensely satisfying and approachable Pinot Noir, crafted from fruit grown to some of Yarra Valley's most splendid vineyards, tended by loyal friends and long time associates.
After qualifying at Roseworthy, Rob worked at Arrowfield and Rothbury before taking on chief winemaker at Yarra Ridge. His skill was rewarded on the national show circuit when he won top gold at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show and placed in the Jimmy Watson taste-off. Pinot Noir grapes are destemmed and the whole berries are pumped into open pots and static fermenters. A gentle vinification is essential for a wine of delicacy and finesse. Upon completion, just before dryness to minimise big tannin extraction, batches are pressed and racked into a combination of French oak hogsheads for a course of malolactic and a year on sedimentery lees.
Vibrant bright red with purple hues. Dark cherry and plum, spice and red berries on the bouquet. Rhubarb, wild cherries, jube fruits and nutmeg, a textural Pinot Noir in a light spicy/ savoury style with mid palate vinosity. Mellow vanilla and cocoa oak around a core of of multi fresh red berry characters, textured spice and savoury flavours over lingering fine tannins at the finish. Have Sticks Pinot Noir with anything you crave, duck, salmon or cheese.