Pinot Noir is the noblest of all the grapes and it reflects it’s terroir more than any other variety!
Santolin’s Gladysdale Pinot Noir comes from the vineyards of the Upper Yarra. These vines thrive in the coolness of the higher altitudes around Gladysdale. This wine’s a leaner, more excitingly energetic and tensile compared with wines from the lower Yarra. That’s not to say better; just different. Santolin was selected by QANTAS business class: This is redolent of red berries, cherry crunch and mulberry but savoury tannins bring it all back into line.
Moorooduc’s Devil Bend Creek Pinot is a delicious, dark fruited pinot noir. Purple garnet in colour with a rich perfume of violets and dark ripe cherries. A touch of exotic pomegranate molasses and Mediterranean spice adds complexity to the nose, and follows through on the palate. Plush and juicy on the palate, with tangy orange notes and firm but silky tannins.
Martin Siebert’s First Foot Forward Pinot Noir is from a vineyard in Coldstream (Yarra Valley Floor). This sub-region is known for a more savoury style of Pinot but with careful vine canopy management and good timing of the picking at harvest, the red cherry fruit can be brought to the fore. A long and gentle post ferment maceration brings the fine tannins to support this fruit.. What a wine! It is highly fragrant with lifted sour red cherry and dried florals with just a hint of wood spice. The palate follows suit with mouth filling and juicy cherries, supported by whole bunch spice and bright, mouth-watering acidity to finish.