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

  • (03) 5964 9022

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  • Medhurst Estate Vineyard

    2016 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



    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 handpicked without haste, when the fruit flavours were vibrant and expressive and the acids and sugars in balance. Above all the wines show great purity, tension and charm.


    Our cooler C block of Pinot Noir utilized for the first time as the sole source of the Estate vineyard wine. Here the aspect is more southerly, the soil more friable. In a warm year like 2015 the fruit was very fresh and expressive, the tannins fine and ripe yet the wine is very subtle, very detailed. Hand-picked on the 15th February, the fruit was kept in the coolroom overnight before de-stemming the following morning. The whole berries were tipped into three open fermenters ranging from 1t to 4t. 30% whole bunches were kept across the ferments for added complexity and structure. Once fermentation commenced, the cap was hand-plunged or pumped over very gently twice per day and remained on its skins for 12 days. At the completion of fermentation, the wine was pressed to tank and then racked to French oak barrels (28% new) for malolactic fermentation. 10 months in oak, before being bottled February 6th, 2015.

    Tasting Notes

    Brilliant, enticing cherry red with a lovely crimson hue. The nose speaks of place, under the shadow of the Warramatte Range, complex, cherry and spice it is both detailed and abundant. The southern aspect of site and the extremely low crop has ensured a concentrated and precise wine with powerful pure fruit, though it is subtle and fine. The depth of flavour and fine tannins of this Estate pinot noir guarantees that this will be a wine that continues to build with up to 10 years of careful cellaring.

    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.

    Vineyard: Medhurst Estate Vineyard, Gruyere
    Block: C Block
    Clone: MV6
    Soil: Mountain derived brown/grey loams
    Alcohol: 13.5 %
    pH: 3.55
    TA: 5.6

    "It’s a beautiful wine. It sits ever so comfortably within its own skin. It’s highly perfumed, foresty, berried, smoky and spicy but not excessively or overtly so, and extends with juicy confidence out through the finish. At every step you get the feeling that it’s not trying too hard; it has things covered. Drinking it, you feel safe in its hands, and want to stay until the final drop has disappeared. Bravo."
    Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

Medhurst Estate Vineyard