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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
93+ Points

 

 
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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
93 points

 

 

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
94+ points

 

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. 

James Halliday
95 points

 

 

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
92+ points
 

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. 

James Halliday
96 points