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The cheekily named Pepe le Pinot is an excellent introduction to the Jamsheed portfolio. It’s sourced from a single Yarra Valley vineyard, Hyde Park specifically. In toe with the rest of his range, there’s a healthy amount of whole bunch on Pepe, and an extended maceration time on skins, for a tannin/colour boost. It's a wine built for immediate enjoyment, not being stashed away in dark places. Pepe is as good a Pinot as we have seen at this price. If you like the slightly funkier side of Pinot at sub $30, Pepe is the guy for you.
What it Tastes Like
"Like this smells of this wine. Red currants, faint mocha, briar, undergrowth, a wild, slightly feral scent but all becoming. Juicy in the palate. Supple wash of spicy, just-ripe red cherry flavours, bright then finishes with steady, low growl of tannins. Lot of pleasure here." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
91 points. "Like this smells of this wine. Red currants, faint mocha, briar, undergrowth, a wild, slightly feral scent but all becoming. Juicy in the palate. Supple wash of spicy, just-ripe red cherry flavours, bright then finishes with steady, low growl of tannins. Lot of pleasure here." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Hype Park Vineyard, Yarra Valley. Handpicked Pinot Noir high proportion of whole bunches fermented as 100% carbonic maceration in old wood tank, aged in older barriques and 10% new hogheads, and older foudre. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, only sulphur used at bottling.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
Gary Mills is a rockstar of Victorian wine. His Jamsheed wines are amongst the most exciting in the country: thrilling, authentic wines packed with personality. Campbell Mattinson labelled him “a leading producer”, Jamie Good called him “the new face of Australian wine” and Matthew Jukes went as far as to call the wine of Jamsheed “a revelation”. With a specific focus on the regional differences in Victorian Syrah for his Jamsheed range, Gary has been one of the loudest advocates for the inclusion of whole bunch ferments and was ahead of the curve in creating minimal intervention wines that naturally convey the characteristics of their respective vineyards. Wild, electric and a little left of centre, Jamsheed is one of the Victoria’s most compelling producers.
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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