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Anthony Fikkers makes self-confessedly "smashable" wines. This, his 2016 Pinot Meunier, is just that. It's not every day you see a table wine made from this grape. Traditionally used in the production of sparkling, it has a reputation of being something akin to Pinot Noir's ugly cousin. But in the right hands, it is an epic drink. With the maturing of the Coldstream vineyard, and his confidence now growing with four vintages of this wine under his belt, this year he was happy enough to put it under his single vineyard label. This vintage was made with 100% whole bunches and 100% awesomeness. It's not a stern and serious style, it is made to rip into and has to be one of the best value versions of this variety in the country. Only 140 dozen of this delicious beast were made so get in quick!
What it Tastes Like
Blueberries and mulberries, a hint of a slightly greeny/herbally thing. Pretty punchy on the nose, this has some real character. Some exotic spices, too. Maybe some aniseed. Smells wicked. So slippery through the mouth. Glides along with sweet and spicy fruit, a tail of gummy tannin trailing behind. Gulp. Gulp. If smashability was what he was going for. Nailed it.
Vineyard: Maddens Rise, Coldstream, Yarra Valley Age of Vines: 16 years Soil: Clay loam top soil speckled with mudstones and ironstone on yellow mudstone clay. The soils here have increased in organic matter in recent years due to a move towards biodynamics. Slope: The slope runs from gentle east facing to gentle west facing as the vineyard sits on a small ridge. Winemaking: 100% whole bunch fermentation for ten days. Maturation in old oak for five months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Total Production: 140 doz
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Fikkers is the one man operation of Yarra Valley winemaker Anthony Fikkers, and it’s a name we will be hearing much more of. Working with a range of local growers, Fikkers is all about small batch, hand made wines made in unique styles and with minimal intervention. You won’t see the wines on many store shelves because there just aren’t enough of them, but they are absolutely worth trying and add enormous variety to the Yarra Valley landscape.
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.
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