First Foot Forward Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2022


The 2019 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. Wild yeasts did the fermenting before a long and gentle soak on skins to build the fine tannin structure that supports the red cherry fruit. A lick of new oak frames the wine and brings some wonderful complexity all round.

Campbell Mattinson – October 2020

Excellent release!

It pulls you this way and that but this is both a complex offering and a good one. Sweet cherry-plum flavours meet undergrowth, leafy spice, red currant and brick dust. Tannin is fine and well – threaded and it finishes with a satisfying kick-on of flavour. Its very good for both quality and value.


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First Foot Forward was launched in 2013 with a focus on making small batches of textural, thought provoking Yarra Valley wines with minimal intervention. Martin works with strong vineyards and experienced growers from across the Yarra Valley to make complex, balanced and most importantly interesting wines with a modest price tag.
The wines are fermented with wild yeasts before elevage in oak and terracotta eggs. Small batch wines result in small quantities. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are at the core of FFF with an occasional dabble in other varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc when Martin gets too excited to say no.
Martin’s day job since 2012 has been winemaker and vineyard manager for Tokar Estate where he introduced sustainable vineyard practices and a culture of putting the wine quality at the forefront. Prior to Tokar Estate, he learnt the art of winemaking working with Benjamin Leroux, Pegasus Bay in Canterbury N.Z. and Yarra Yering amongst others.
The three current releases are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Sauvignon Blanc. All are hand-picked & wild yeast fermented with some skin contact & all are absolutely delicious.

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