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

  • (03) 5964 9022

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  • Medhurst Estate Vineyard

    2017 Pinot Noir

    The southern aspect of the site and the extremely low crop has ensured a concentrated and precise wine with powerful pure fruit.

    • $44.00

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    About the Range

    A pure expression of our site and the season.

    The Season

    The 2017 growing season was cool and mild, producing wines with wonderful acidity, flavours and fine boned slinky tannins. Due to such mild conditions and a relatively overcast summer vintage began three weeks later then in 2016 and 2015 on March 5th. The wines show great poise, fruit flavour and energy, another classic Yarra Valley vintage in the making.

    Winemaking

    Fruit for the Estate vineyard Pinot Noir was grown on two quite different sites; a combination of south facing slope on the back C block, and the North facing B block. Hand-picked on the 9th and 10th of March respectively, the fruit was kept in the coolroom overnight. One fermenter was 100% whole bunches (10% of final blend from the warmer B block) and the others were entirely de-stemmed and tipped into 1t to 4t fermenters. Once fermentation commenced after the fourth day (indigenous yeasts finally co-operating), the cap was pumped over very gently twice per day and remained on its skins for 12-16 days. At the completion of fermentation, the wine was pressed to tank and then racked to French oak barrels (26% new) for malolactic fermentation. 10 months in oak, before being bottled February 13th, 2018. 210 dozen produced

    Tasting Notes

    Brilliant, enticing cherry red with a lovely crimson hue. The nose speaks of place, under the shadow of the Warramatte Ranges, dark cherry, licorice, exotic red fruits and violets and spice it is both detailed and abundant. The southern aspect of the blend and the extremely low crop has ensured a concentrated and precise wine with a subtle and fine palate, whilst the fruit from the northern aspect is giving supple fine ’sweet tannins’ - balance is assured here.

    Pinot noir is classically matched with duck and pork dishes, as they have the depth of flavour and texture that works so well with the fine tannins of the variety.

    TECHNICAL
    Vineyard: Medhurst Estate Vineyard, Gruyere
    Block: C Block, B Block
    Clone: MV6
    Soil: Mountain derived brown/grey loams
    Alcohol: 13.0 %
    pH: 3.63
    TA: 5.4

    "It has a fragrant, spicy bouquet forming a base for its future development, as the extraction hasn't been overdone and the new French oak is only 26%." 95 points
    Halliday Feb/March 2019 magazine

Medhurst Estate Vineyard