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2018 Gembrook Hill I.J.M. Pinot Noir

Yarra Valley, VIC

Stunning premium Pinot release from cult Yarra Valley producer Gembrook.

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About The Wine

This stunning 'IJM' Pinot Noir is a tribute to Gembrook Hill founder Ian Marks.  It was first produced in 2017 after his sudden death, with Ian's son and star winemaker in his own right Andrew Marks wanting to craft a premium release in Ian's honour.

2018 has also seen Andrew release a second premium release, named 'JKM' after Andrew's mother June who still works alongside Andrew.  Both wines come from a small block of excellent Pinot fruit on the Gembrook Hill vineyard, and while JKM sees some extra winemaking experimentation, this wine is all about this remarkable vineyard.

The dry 2018 season has resulted in great structure, with power and complexity dancing in tandem with the natural elegance and brightness this site provides.

It's a glorious Pinot, and with just 80 dozen produced definitely one to tuck away for that special occassion.

About Gembrook Hill

Based in the cool upper reaches of the Yarra Valley, Gembrook Hill is one of the country's most loved producers of Pinot Noir.

Founded in 1983 by Ian and June Marks, Gembrook is one of the most picturesque vineyards in the region. As well as their stunning Pinot Noirs, they produce excellent examples of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and an elegant Blanc de Blanc in certain vintages.

Ian Marks sadly passed away in 2017. His son Andrew now tends the family vineyard and makes the wines, continuing the family legacy for producing outstanding examples of Upper Yarra wine.

Andrew Marks in his family
Andrew Marks in his family's vineyard
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From the Producer

In 2017 the visceral reaction to the sudden death of Ian was to produce a wine in his honour. This was a tiny batch of Pinot Noir drawn from a portion of the oldest Pinot vines on the property, and a third drawn from the newest MV6 young vines. This blend represented something of the snake eating its own tail – the Ouroboros or symbol for eternal cyclic renewal. In other words, recognition that Gembrook Hill had become a legacy vineyard for our family. The IJM, Ian James Marks, was made as a pure expression of site, matured in old French oak to allow terroir to shine through. A quintessential vigneron's wine, to reflect Ian's passion for the vineyard.

Vintage Details

Wines from Vintage 2018 are maturing well in barrel. 2018 was a tale of two seasons with some of the most challenging humid weather ever experienced during the growing season (Oct-Dec 2017) followed by exceptionally dry conditions after Christmas. We are very excited with the resulting wines but more on that in good time.

 

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

96Points
The Wine Front

"For the legendary Ian Marks from his wonderful family.  Perfumed and succulent pinot of inward concentration but brilliant freshness, an almost crystal cut feel but for the swish of sappy, fine ribbons of tannin. What ho. A wine of quietness and beauty, graceful in its movement and feel, such wonderful texture and brightness to flavour. Picture perfect, or close. An experience and memorable." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order over $149 or more, or just $10 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack!

Sydney Metro orders will be delivered the next day 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. We can guarantee delivery before Christmas as long as you get your order in by midnight 23rd of December. Please refer to this map to see if your address is considered Sydney Metro here.

Melbourne Metro orders are picked up from our Sydney warehouse every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and delivered the following day in Melbourne (Tues/Wed/Fri). We can guarantee delivery before Christmas as long as you get your order in by 10am 22nd of December. Please refer to this map to see if your address is considered Melbourne Metro here.

Brisbane Metro orders are picked up from our Sydney warehouse every Wednesday and delivered the following day in Brisbane (Thursday or Friday). We can guarantee delivery before Christmas as long as you get your order in by 10am 22nd of December. Please refer to this map to see if your address is considered Brisbane Metro here.

Australia Wide Deliveries outside of Sydney and Melbourne metro are all delivered with Australia Post's eParcel wine delivery service. They pick up from us at 12pm Monday through Friday. When your order has been dispatched you'll receive tracking information to your email. Unfortunately with the complications of Covid and expected Christmas surge Australia Post are being extremely vague about delivery times. You will need to have your order placed before midnight 10th of December if you want to ensure it’s there for Christmas.

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FaQs

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