2016 Pinot Noir
The Yarra Valley is renowned for producing red wines of restraint and finesse. The temperate climate allows full flavour and colour development without excessive ripeness, resulting in wines that are balanced and subtle.
Region: Yarra Valley 100%
Composition: Pinot Noir 100% (MV6 84%, 114 16%)
Harvest date: 19 February (114 and MV6) and 22 February (MV6)
Very warm weather early in the growing season hastened the ripening process resulting in an early harvest. Fruit was in very good condition and crops were of normal quantity.
The two clones were fermented separately—MV6 with 15% whole bunches and the 114 with 20% whole bunches. Fermentation regimes were similar although the 114 was pressed after a shorter time on skins. The wines were then racked to French oak barriques for maturation. Bottling took place in February 2017.
Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.60 T/A: 5.9 g/l
Showing a lively, open and fruit-forward aroma with a subtle influence from both oak and inclusion of whole bunches.
The palate is medium-bodied with an array of spices, wood smoke, red berry fruits and leafy flavours. Reminiscent of our 2010 vintage in its open-knit, immediately appealing character.
Will develop well with a few years in the cellar.
Versatile in its compatibility, especially if served at cool temperature. This wine is equally at home with flavoursome salads (eg salade Nicoise) or complex duck dishes, as well as Asian food that is not too spicy.
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