It’s interesting and full of personality, and good to drink.
About The Wine
The relaunch, or perhaps a rekindling of the Thousand Candles project is well under way.
Viticultural-guru-come-winemaker Stuart Proud bringing an excellent release to bottle from 2017 under the Thousand Candles banner. From a close to perfect vintage in the Yarra Valley, Stuart selected the best blocks of Pinot Noir from this famous, or perhaps infamous, Yarra Valley site.
It's a carefully etched lattice work of a wine. So clearly Yarra Valley in its accent but with some defining features - tannin structure namely - that could only come from a vineyard of special character.
It's a wine which sets a new tone for the brand. The unforced and uncomplicated wine in the bottle is simply great value.
About Thousand Candles
Thousand Candles is one of the most hallowed vineyards in the Yarra Valley and is currently in the midst of something of a resurgence. The site is managed by the rugged hands of Stuart Proud, one of the Valley's most respected viticulturalists.
Stu farms his grapes and livestock with a deep understanding of biological farming, fostering a thriving ecosystem on the property with to create the ideal environment to produce first-class fruit.
The wines that come from this site all share a common DNA, the vineyard characteristics shining through in their earthiness and impressive tannin structure. The wines of Thousand Candles are currently made by Stu who looks to minimal intervention in the winery, trusting that his hard work amongst the vines will pay dividends in the cellar.
Thus far, his impressive results speak for themselves.