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The Levings Pinot Noir is the top premium offering in the Thick as Thieves range. This is estate grown Pinot Noir from the sensational 2015 growing season. It's the most intense but finessed version of Pinot that winemaker Syd Bradford can muster. This sits well amongst the plethora of exceptional Pinot from the Yarra Valley in this vintage. With 96 points from James Halliday, expect this wine to be gorgeous on arrival and truly remarkable with some time in the cellar.
What it Tastes Like
"Glorious intensity. A body of tangy cherry, anise and wood smoke; laces of spice and herbs; a bow of firm tannin to keep it all in place. You keep hearing its voice long after you’ve swallowed." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
96 points. "Glorious intensity. A body of tangy cherry, anise and wood smoke; laces of spice and herbs; a bow of firm tannin to keep it all in place. You keep hearing its voice long after you’ve swallowed." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
100% estate grown MV6 Pinot Noir; picked 15th February. fruit chilled and then 100% destemmed and 3 day cold soak followed by minimal cap work during the indigenous ferment; pressed to French Hogsheads and Puncheons (40% new and remainder 2nd and 3rd use); Natural malo-lactic fermentation; No fining or filtration and bottled 3rd December.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2026
About the Producer
Thick as Thieves
Thick as Thieves is a one-man, Yarra based operation and that one-man is a guy named Syd.
After 10 years in winemaking, working for some of the Yarra’s top producers during that time, Syd’s oenological clock started ticking and he decided the time was right to make his own babies.
Not having to answer to bean counters and marketing departments, Thick as Thieves has the freedom to experiment with alternative varieties and styles which means Syd gets to make interesting wines that he loves to drink, not wines that simply sell or are in vogue.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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