2017 Single Vineyard “Champs de Cerises” Upper Yarra Pinot Noir
I think sold out, oh well, but for the legacy, designations says ‘Upper Yarra’ in my notes. Should be around a few canny retailers.
Spicy, red cherry, raspberry notes, floral elements, white flowers, apricot, and unusually, gingery spice. Flesh and texture is superb, light minerally notes of mixed powdered rock and more sparkling things, red cherry juice chimes in, cool acidity lifts, fine tannins corkscrew. So much detail here, well built in character, this is a ripper.
Mike Bennie, Winefront
From a 20yo MV6 vineyard. Foot-stomped, wild-fermented with 30% whole bunches, matured in French oak (25% new) plus further time in tank on lees. Distinctly different from its ’17 sibling, with some plum and forest joining red fruits. A complex pinot well made. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 95 To 2030
2017 “Appellation” Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
Upper Yarra Pinot Noir. Unfined and unfiltered. Pure. Exquisitely well packaged, as a bonus. Everything in alignment.
Tense is the word. Taut as well. Cool, nervy, spice-ridden, cranberried, autumnal pinot noir with just enough fruit and just enough strut to get you excited. I like/love the Upper Yarra style and so one sip and I was hooked; regardless this has quality stamped all over it. Undergrowth, strawberry, woodsmoke and all those gorgeous leaf-scattered spices. Fantastic drinking/buying. A steal at $29. Don’t mind if I do.
Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
From several Upper Yarra Valley vineyards, largely MV6 clone, some D5V12. Wild yeast-open fermented with 30% whole bunches, foot-plunged. Matured in French oak (15% new) for 10 months on lees. A fragrant red fruit cornucopia bouquet and finely honed palate. Fresh and Lively. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 94 To 2027
2016 “Appellation” Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
Rabbit out of a hat territory. This is an excellent pinot noir from 2016. Textured and well-flavoured with ample length and, importantly, flesh. It’s light in colour, it has that “Upper Yarra” look and feel, but it has both presence and immediate drinkability. It will mature well too. Smoky overtones, sweet-sour fruit characters, fragrant herbs, even florals. Lovely wine.
Campbell Mattison, Winefront
2015 Single Vineyard "Swallowfield" - Upper Yarra Pinot Noir
Cherry and strawberry, crushed fennel seed, plenty of spice including a dash of white pepper, sappy perfume. Light to medium bodied, poached strawberry and spice, fine bones with gentle pumice stone tannin, cool but energetic acidity, and a sappy red fruited finish of great length and precision. Vintage, site and vinification coming together beautifully here.
Gary Walsh, Winefront
Bright, clear colour, lifts the bar with its greater use of new French oak matched by deeper fruits; although the alcohol is the same as the Appellation Upper Yarra Valley Pinot, the power of this wine demands patience. In 10 years it will have shown a clean pair of heels to its sibling. Quite beautiful labels.
2015 "Appellation" Upper Yarra Pinot Noir
This is a sinewy pinot noir with ample stalk influence and long, twisting chains of tannin. It’s a structuralist’s wine. There are dark chicory-and-cherry flavours and a note of unsweetened chocolate/cocoa. Spice and meat notes are almost a given. For $27 you get a whole lot of interest and a whole lot of goodness; you get a trick-free wine that feels genuine. If you’re buying/drinking now, give it a quick decant.
Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
Deep pinot colour, an exotic and expressive bouquet has spice, dark berry and charcuterie aromas; the supple palate, with damson plum and black cherry is utterly delicious. If more is needed, the tannins are akin to a spider web at dawn in the vineyard with shiny droplets of water on its interstices.