2017 Out of Step Willowlake Pinot Noir

Out of Step's first Pinot and what a start! Gorgeous wine from the brilliant 2017 vintage.

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The Willowlake vineyard is proving to be one of the happiest hunting grounds for negotiant winemakers looking for fruit in the Yarra Valley.

Dave Chatfield has managed to lock down a little of the prized Pinot Noir off this highly sought-after vineyard and he couldn't be happier.

The Willowlake site sits high up in the cooler parts of the Gladysdale sub-region of the Yarra - the perfect spot to grow fine-boned and delicate Pinot Noir.

As with all the Out of Step wines, the winemaking is kept simple to preserve the voice of the vineyard. It's a spot on example of Upper Yarra Pinot Noir and a delight to drink.

As most would already be aware 2017 was a remarkable year. Ideal conditions for flowering / fruit set & good rain in spring followed by a mild summer with little to no disease pressure. A warm autumn ensured full ripeness & resulted in complex & intensely flavoured wines at low alcohols with remarkable natural acidity. And when your mantra is to avoid "manipulations" & show the vineyard & the season in the final bottle, well, a vintage like that is a gift.

Volume: 225 dozen

Site: Willowlake Vineyard, Gladysdale (Yarra Valley), Victoria

Winemaking: Hand picked. 20% wholebunch & 80% destemmed. Wild fermented in separate open pots. The destemmed portion was gently plunged on a daily basis whilst the wholebunch was sealed up for 3 days before being foot stomped & then plunged. Destemmed fruit was pressed after 10 days & wholebunch after 2 weeks, to one new & six old French oak hogsheads. Racked in winter & then again prior to bottling in September. The wine is unfined, unfiltered & has no adds other than low level sulphur dioxide post-malo & pre-bottling.

93 Points - "It's plenty interesting. It's sour and spicy, smoky and autumnal well before it's fruity. It ricochets its way along the palate, sourness sparking as it goes. It's dry, tannnic, savoury; it's complex. There's a slight cloudiness to the wine's appearance, or at least a suggestion of cloudiness anyway. Not a bad thing. It's a very dry, uncompromised wine. It should develop very well." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

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