• 24 – 26 Medhurst Road, Gruyere, Yarra Valley, Victoria 3770

  • (03) 5964 9022

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  • Medhurst Estate Vineyard

    2016 YRB

    Vibrant, charming , medium-bodied dry red, a unique blend of Pinot Noir (55%) and Shiraz (45%).

    A tribute to the wines made in the 1920's by legendary Hunter Valley winemaker Maurice O'Shea and a wine to showcase our sites and the season.

    • $33.00

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    About the Range

    A pure expression of our site and the season.

    The Season

    Higher than average winter rains in 2014 set the tone for a benchmark Yarra Valley Vintage in 2015. The defining feature was the mild and dry Spring, allowing for excellent conditions for flowering and fruit set. The balanced crop was then allowed to ripen under optimum summer conditions, again mild and dry but with rain at the right times. In fact the only significant rain was 55mm on Friday February 13th, of course. More than enough to freshen the canopy and settle the dust on our free draining slopes. Grapes were hand-picked without haste, when the fruit flavours were vibrant and expressive and he acids and sugars in balance. Above all the wine shows great purity, tension and charm.

    The Pinot Noir component of the blend (800kg) was hand-picked from our front block on the 15th of February, whilst he Shiraz (740kg) was hand-picked from our steep E block on March 5th.

    Winemaking

    For each variety the winemaking was the same.
    Fruit was destemmed without crushing and 100% whole berries were left in small open fermenters. Indigenous fermentation commenced after a few days and one gentle pump over was done to aerate the yeast and keep things happy. No pigage/pumpovers, refrigeration or additions from that point and each ferment was wrapped up and left for 10 days to do is thing. Ferments may have peaked at 30 degrees or higher. Carbonic maceration was high - plenty of enzymatic fermentation place inside the actual berry, lots of incredible red and blue fruit aromatics. Pressed to a single old puncheon for malolactic fermentation, with the Pinot Noir topping the Shiraz puncheon. The blend was put together in the first week of December. Bottled December 8th, 2015. 99 dozen produced.

    Tasting Notes

    Very bright purple, mid-crimson red. Good density. Highly aromatic blue and red fruits, lovely spices. The Pinot noir component gives the wine the red fruit and the framework of tension/structure whilst the Shiraz adds the purple hue, plump soft blue fruits and charm to the blend. This wine is designed to drink young, however due to such a fine season it will reward careful cellaring over the next 5 years.

    "Big perfume. Wall of cherry juice, white pepper, plum jam, briar, dried herbs. Glossy texture, so crisp, pure-feeling, refreshing and light, gut imbued with beautiful sense of fruit sweetness cut with herbal inflection. It sits high and bright in the palate, whips the mouth clean with a crunch of acid. A delicate, pretty, light, finely structured red wine. Absolutely delicious. Run at it."
    93 points.” Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, December 2015

Medhurst Estate Vineyard