Wantirna Estate Lily Pinot Noir 2017

The February of 2017 was certainly welcomed by the Pinot grapes. Not only was it cooler than normal, but we even had some precious rain - 80mm, or about 50% more than average. The upshot of this was that the vines lost very few of their leaves, allowing the grapes to ripen nice and evenly without any dry heat spikes. So by the time some warm weather arrived in early March the majority of the ma...


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Varietal
Pinot Noir
Brand Name
Wantirna Estate
Style
Red Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
AUSTRALIA
Region
Yarra Valley, Vic

Product Description

The February of 2017 was certainly welcomed by the Pinot grapes. Not only was it cooler than normal, but we even had some precious rain - 80mm, or about 50% more than average. The upshot of this was that the vines lost very few of their leaves, allowing the grapes to ripen nice and evenly without any dry heat spikes. So by the time some warm weather arrived in early March the majority of the maturity had been reached and although we then got some warm days, the grapes were in just perfect condition. Of course there is always a ‘but’ to the story, and in this case it was the quantity. While the bunches were reasonably plentiful, they were tiny so our estimated yields proved to be optimistic. Suffice to say we didn’t have any overfull fermenters. The Front block of Pinot is about one acre with vines that were planted in 1985, so they’re reasonably old. The soil

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here is different to the rest of the vineyard, being quite a hard, dry grey soil. Usually we pick this block first, often over a week earlier, and in 2017 the fruit was harvested on 7th March, after a nice cool overnight temperature of 12°C. The rest of the Pinot was harvested five days later, and unfortunately it was the same story: a lot less fruit than we’d hoped for. Both batches of grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed and fermented in small open concrete or stainless steel fermenters. A portion was left to soak for a few extra days post fermentation and then, after pressing, the wines were matured in barrel until bottling in April 2018. Unfortunately the barrel count was just six; we are, however, thrilled with the resulting wine. - Maryann Egan Raspberry, strawberry, vanilla, dried roses and general gorgeous fragrance. Ripe poached strawberry, light spice, fine dusty tannin, earthy and savoury, in among pretty red fruits. Orange peel twist on a nice long finish. It’s generous and warm-hearted this year, yet manages to keep itself lovely.

94 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front November 2018

 

 

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