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2019 Combes Willow Lake Pinot Noir

Yarra Valley, VIC

Silky, effortless Pinot Noir from one of the great sites in the Upper Yarra Valley.

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It’s a bloody ripper.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Willow Lake vineyard has become a happy hunting ground for younger generation producers in the Yarra Valley looking for quality fruit from the Upper Yarra.

In 2019, Oscar Hermann got his hands on a small parcel of Willow Lake Pinot and he's made it absolutely sing.

This is a silky, seductive red which is light in frame but huge in impact. It's a soft, feathery pillow of sweet cherry and strawberry fruit with a fine rasp of whole-bunch derived tannin that draws long through the finish.

It's fantastic driking and brilliant value given the demand for high quality Yarra Pinot such as this.

Dive in.

About Combes

The Combes wines are made by thoughtful young avant-garde wine producer, Oscar Hermann.

Sourced from excellent vineyards in the Yarra Valley and farther afield, Oscar takes a minimal intervention approach to his winemaking practice.

The wines coming out of his cellar are excellent. They are raw, energetic and show a distinct sense of place. Each bottle you open feels like it's a living thing. Each vineyard he showcases shines in the glass.

As Mike Bennie once wrote about his eclectic suite of wines, "you should dive in."

Winemaker Oscar Hermann
Winemaker Oscar Hermann
Yarra Valley, VIC
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From The Producer

From the magnificent Willow Lake vineyard in Gladysdale high up in the Upper Yarra. Production was 50% Whole Bunch and 50% Destemmed both fermented separately both wildly fermented. In a combo old oak of Puncheon and Barriques, didn’t see any sulphur until post malo, with minimal added.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Oscar pruning in the vineyard
Oscar pruning in the vineyard
Yarra Valley, VIC
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Critic Reviews

94Points
The Wine Front

"These Combes wines 2019 pinot noir releases are belters. Shimmery garnet coloured in glass. First good sign. Skip past (though it’s hard) the pretty, floral, rose hip tea and red cherry perfume and enter the palate – compact, attractively sinewy, agile in crisp cherry and cranberry fruit characters and tightening on a sheath of ultra fine but firm, lightly chewy, black tea tannins. Feels very transparent, cool, reserved, but flavour still retains good density and the lip-smack of acid and tannin is brilliant. It’s a charismatic pinot noir of high drinkability, a sense of pedigree, a distinction. It’s a bloody ripper." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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Exceptional value for money!

Delicious Pinot with plenty of flavour, berries, cherries and smooth

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