About The Wine
If you are as meticulous in the winery as Shaun Crinion, more often than not, you're going to produce a winner, particularly in a year as good as 2017.
There's a lot of attention to detail behind the scenes in this $29 Pinot Noir. Every berry selected by hand, some light foot-stomping, gentle plunging over its three weeks on skins just a few of the steps along the way to this wine getting made. Shaun going for soft extraction with max impact.
He hits the nail on the head. This is an excellent pinot noir from 2017.
When a high-value proposition Pinot Noir like this comes along, it usually doesn't stick around too long.
Dappled owner/winemaker Shaun Crinion has a mountain of winemaking experience from around the globe, culminating with the establishment of a label all of his own.
Shaun's focus is on expressing the sub-regionality of the Yarra Valley through simply gorgeous Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and a growing range of experimental wines.
With the combination of Shaun's A-grade fruit from the Yarra's top growers and his precise, astute winemaking, the value on offer in the Dappled range is second to none.
He was James Halliday's Best New Winery in 2018. The wines have only stepped in quality since then though the modest pricing remains the same. Unsurprisingly, his wines sell out in short order each year. He's now regarded as one of the best small-scale producers in the modern Yarra Valley.