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2018 Gembrook Hill Pinot Noir

Yarra Valley, VIC

Yet another dazzling release of this cult favourite Yarra Valley Pinot Noir.

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$50.00

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It presents in its signature transparent way but the complexity is all there and so too is the length. This is an excellent wine. 

Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The Gembrook Hill Pinot Noir is a beautiful thing to drink.

It's impeccable Pinot Noir from this region. Yarra Valley Pinot Noir in a tailored suit, slicked hair, and polished shoes. It's as sleek and stylish as you could ask for. This special site in the Upper Yarra has yielded some of the region's best Pinot Noirs over the last decade or more. 

This is a highly sought-after Pinot and winemaker Andrew Marks has knocked this one out of the park, once again.

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

2018 has offered up a delicious vintage of Pinot Noir. The season was characterised by a generous crop balanced by extreme dryness experienced in the latter half of the season. It did not rain from Christmas until vintage in mid March. This ensured a fair degree of stress on our dry grown vineyard despite their extensive root systems and the result is that we have a tannin line not normally seen running through the estate pinot. Soupple and fresh while young, with characteristic Gembrook lift, this is a vintage sure to reward cellaring.

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.

ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"Gembrook Hill Pinot Noir rarely disappoints.  It presents in its signature transparent way but the complexity is all there and so too is the length. This is an excellent wine. Undergrowth and cranberries, sweet herbs and woodsmoke, ripe cherry and a sourness about the edges. They could trademark this style; they turn it out each year as if it’s easy. A turn of tannin leads you out through the finish. It’s a garden of a wine, well tended, brimming with good health." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

94Points
Halliday Wiune

"The first time I visited this site, it was snowing. At the upper crest of the Yarra, hedging Gippsland. This is truly a cool climate wine in the Australian context. Transparent. Vivid. Crunchy, driven by rails of juicy natural acidity. Sour cherry and strawberry scents. Elemental, perhaps. But vivacious, eminently drinkable and absolutely delicious. Among my favourite domestic expressions of this grape." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order of $99 or more, or just $10 for any orders less than $99. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack! In Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Byron Bay we deliver with our own vans. All other areas are serviced by Australia Post.

Sydney Metro orders in the Pink Zone will be delivered the next day 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. Orders in the Blue Zone will be delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays. Everything outside these zones will be delivered by Australia Post.

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Australia Wide Deliveries To the rest of Australia we use Australia Post. The Australia Post Collection Truck picks up orders from our Sydney warehouse every weekday at midday. If your order is placed before 12pm we’ll get it on the truck that day. Delivery times vary considerably with Australia Post and unfortunately there is no Express Delivery Option for wine (because it is fragile and heavy). PLEASE NOTE that we are currently seeing significant delays in the Australia Post delivery network. Strict government health and safety requirements and very high parcel volumes are causing significant backlogs at the main NSW and VIC sorting facilities. Orders are still arriving safe and sound but you may notice slower delivery times and less frequent scanning updates than usual.

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