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Yarra Valley Villages Pinot Noir (2013)

This is a fearless Pinot Noir, with enough guts to take on an army of thirsty guests. Concentrated licorice and cherry flavours, with savoury spices and a silky smooth finish, make this ruby red wine the ideal accompaniment to a sticky Peking Duck.
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Region: Yarra Valley

Appearance: Vibrant red, bright and alive.

Villages: Dixons Creek, Tarrawarra and Woori Yallock.

Bouquet: Perfumed, strawberry, plums, spice, smoky oak.

Palate: Medium weight, textural, dark fruits, wood spice, fine gentle tannin.

Suggested Cuisine: Gnocchi with pork or duck ragu.

General Characteristics: Dry / Medium Bodied

Cellaring: Will continue to develop complexity and interest for up to five years if stored in a good cellar.

Vintage Conditions: 2013 was quite warm but produced aromatic and plump Pinot Noir. Good fruit maturity and natural acidity, abundant flavour and generally a calm harvest.

Vineyard Selection: Estate vineyards at Dixons Creek, The Abbey, Emu, Ponderosa, Viggers and Lusatia Park. Older plantings MV6 clone, younger plantings of 777.

Winemaking: Fruit was hand harvested and hand sorted over a sorting table. A combination of whole berry with 10-20% whole bunch is tipped into open fermenters. 18-22 days of maceration and fermentation with wild yeast. Pressed, settled overnight and then filled to barrel by gravity. Allowed to mature for nine months at 16°C in 225L French casks.

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 13.0% pH: 3.63 TA: 6.2 g/L

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Gnocchi with pork or duck ragu.