Pinot Noir Pyrenees Victoria
Dalwhinnie know that great Pinot Noir can only come from a healthy, well pruned vine which has the proper balance of fruit to foliage for even ripening. The bunches must be disease free, compact in composition and have good exposure to sunlight. Dalwhinnie is fortunate to have planted just such a site.
Dalwhinnie was established in 1976 by Ballarat architect Ewan Jones near the tiny village of Moonambel at the heart of the Pyrenees. His eldest son now manages the property and makes wine. It's the kind of stability one can find at the great winemaking establishments of the old world. Just four kilometres down the road on the Moonambel valley floor, estate plantings of Pinot Noir have taken very well to Dalwhinnie's Hut Vineyard. The cooler ripening site sees longer growing seasons and vintage arrives three weeks later. Grapes are crushed and vinified in two small fermenters before being pressed to a selection of well seasoned three and four year old French oak barriques for six months maturation.
Medium light red colour. Lovely lifted herbal nose of dark blackberry, cherry fruits and subtle spice. A soft, easy drinking wine with a hint of middle palate sweetness, lightly oaked, delicious and fruit driven in the style of a Beaujolais, ideally to be enjoyed right now alongside crispy skin chicken or Vietnamese faire.