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

  • (03) 5964 9022

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  • Medhurst Estate Vineyard

    2018 YRB

    NEW RELEASE

    Vibrant, charming , medium-bodied dry red, a unique co-ferment of Pinot Noir (50%) and Shiraz (50%).

    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.

    • $38.00

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    About the Range

    A pure expression of our site and the season.

    The Season

    The 2018 growing season began with a later then average budburst, and led into excellent conditions for flowering and set, auguring well for an even and good sized crop. However 200mm of December rain came and created an array of growing concerns, including large dense canopies and ensuing disease pressures. All hands on deck, removing unnecessary shoots, leaves and bunches in this time and a mild dry January-March saved this wonderful crop. The resultant fruit was ripe, balanced and the wines are approachable early with good prospects for medium term cellaring. An excellent season of ripe, fresh flavours and understated power.

    Winemaking

    Co-fermentation is an important aspect to the wine style. This year the Pinot Noir was hand picked on the 27th of February and de stemmed the following day whilst the Shiraz component was picked on the 28th February. All fruit was de-stemmed without crushing and 100% whole berries. Once the Shiraz and Pinot Noir whole berries were together in the vat an Indigenous fermentation commenced after a few days and one gentle pump over was done to aerate the yeast and keep things happy. No pigeage/pumpovers, or refrigeration from that point and the tannin management and flavour extraction done by daily drain down and tipping juice over the top of the skins. Ferment peaked at 30 degrees. Carbonic Maceration was high – plenty of enzymatic fermentation taking place inside the actual berry, lots of incredible red and blue fruit aromatics. Pressed to old puncheons for 5 months before botting on August 30th
    381 dozen produced.

    Tasting Notes

    Very bright purple hue, 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, juiciness 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.

    Technical

    Vineyard: Medhurst Estate, Gruyere
    Block: B and F Block
    Clone: MV6 and PT23 (own roots)
    Soil: Grey clay loam and steep gravelly brown clay loams
    Alcohol 13.0%
    pH 3.60
    TA 6.0

Medhurst Estate Vineyard