97 Points James Halliday Wine Companion 2011
Pinot Noir Mornington Victoria
Yabby Lake are focused on crafting wines that have integrity, personality, energy and presence. It is the vineyard that dictates these inherent qualities, Yabby Lake's goal is to provide a clear and precise translation with no distortion. Wines that speak clearly of their origins require little manipulation, a reflection of the Yabby Lake philosophy, expression over impression. A single block Pinot Noir, clearly marked with the DNA of the site whence it is sourced, Block 5 speaks clearly of its origin, a concentrated wine with a long seamless finish.
Yabby Lake begin with a commitment to listen to the land. To grow only the right varieties, the right clones on the right sites, row by row, block by block. Minimal chemical input in the vineyard is the priority with a move towards organic viticulture. Block 5 is a cepage of Pinot Noir clones MV6 and G5V15 from low yielding vines. The fruit is hand picked in excellent condition with high levels of natural acidity and gently de-stemmed into small open fermenters. Following a three to four day soaking the fermentation peaks at 32C.The wine was pressed off skins after eleven days into tight grain French oak barriques for a term of malolactic and twelve months maturation, where it remained until February for bottling. Alcohol 14.0%
Deep crimson colour. Dark forest berries, black cherry, Asian spice with a brooding density of fruit dominate the aromas. The palate is concentrated and deeply saturated with dark berry fruit. Yabby Lake offers great intensity, persistence and a long seamless finish.