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Yarra Valley Villages Pinot Noir (2015)

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.

Villages: Tarrawarra, Dixons Creek.

Appearance: Vibrant red, bright, touch of purple.

Bouquet: Youthful but gently aromatic Pinot Noir, strawberry, plums, spice, smoky oak.

Palate: Medium weight, textural, red fruits, wood spice, fine tannin, silky finish.

Suggested Cuisine: Gnocchi with duck ragu.

General Characteristics: Dry / Medium Bodied

Vintage Conditions: The 2015 season was dry and mild producing aromatic and plump Pinot Noir. Good fruit maturity and natural acidity, abundant flavour and generally a very good harvest.

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

Winemaking: Fruit was hand harvested. A combination of whole berry with 15-25% whole bunch is tipped into both open top and small static fermenters. 12-18 days of maceration and fermentation. Pressed, settled overnight and then filled to French casks by gravity. 

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 13.0%, pH: 3.54, TA: 5.9 g/L

Cellaring: Will continue to develop complexity and interest for 3-5 years in a good cellar.

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Gnocchi with pork or duck ragu.