‘Deep colour by any Pinot standards, especially those of Mount Mary. Shows the small berry, small bunch genesis of this low-yielding year; plum leads, with black cherry close behind, the balance and length nigh-on perfect. If ever a Mount Mary Pinot was built for the cellar, this is it.’ 95 points, James Halliday.
‘…charm and drinkability… excellent colour and quite a lot of fruit/flavour depth. That’s just one aspect of its magnetism. The flavours have that water-based feel; there’s nothing oily or alcohol-dissolved in the way the flavours juice through the mouth, the wine’s notes of cranberry and tangerine as important as the mainstay of ripe plum and black cherry. It’s complex too, with these twigs and those herbs, complemented by a firm mesh of dry, fine-grained tannin. A beautiful Pinot Noir it most certainly is.’ 95 points, Campbell Mattinson.
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.