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2019 The Wanderer Upper Yarra Pinot Noir

Yarra Valley, VIC

Ethereal, delicate yet complex Pinot from the skilful hands of Andrew Marks. Gorgeous release of this cult favourite.

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$52.00

Rated 4.8 out of 5
Based on 4 reviews

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This is a terrifically attractive Pinot Noir.

Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Andrew Marks is The Wanderer.

He is making some of the Yarra Valley's finest Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Working with fruit from some low yielding vineyards in the Yarra Valley, his wines are amassing a big reputation. His Upper Yarra Pinot Noir is a real showstopper - delicate and ethereal, detailed and complex, and just flat out excellent drinking.

Minimal intervention is his winemaking philosophy and it pays obvious dividends in this release. For top class Yarra Pinot Noir, this is right at the front of the pack.

About The Wanderer

The Wanderer is the side label of Yarra Valley vigneron, Andrew Marks, heir apparent to the well-loved Gembrook Hill wine label in the Upper Yarra.

The Wanderer is Andrew's chance to experiment with fruit outside of the family vineyard.

He produces high-calibre Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, in an elegant and refined style.

These are precise and finely detailed wines made with sensitivity and care that have quickly amassed a cult-like following. Only small amounts of each wine are made.

Winemaker Andrew Marks
Winemaker Andrew Marks
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Single vineyard wine from Yellingbo, at the Southern end of the Yarra Valley. Cane pruned MV6 clone on volcanic red soil with Nth Eastern aspect at 200m elevation.

20% whole bunches. Cold soak and fermentation in open fermenters. Wild ferment. Hand plunged. Large format oak. 30% new Damy Alliers French oak for 11 months on lees. Tasted frequently, touched rarely.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2031
Bottle Size : 750ml

The Wanderer vines
The Wanderer vines
Yarra Valley, VIC
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Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"This is a terrifically attractive Pinot Noir. In brand-new-release terms I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen such an inherently complex, and settled, release under this label. It’s expressive of undergrowth and strawberry, ripe red cherry, orange oil, sweet spice and more; not quite Umami but certainly savoury. It’s set with acid-riven tannin, which suggests that it will age beautifully over the medium term or longer, but it’s already on song for drinking." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

94Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"There are 20% whole bunches in the mix here and they really pack a punch, enhanced by the 30% new French oak. Twigs, wood char, violets, cherries and pips, aniseed and more besides. Fuller-bodied sinewy tannins yet lots of sweet fruit. Needs more time to find itself." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

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Reviewed by Linda Z.
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Beautiful and delicate

Bright red in the glass, light and velvety on the tongue. A true delight and easy drinking Pinot noir.

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No wondering about The Wanderer

Excellent wine. We had it at a restaurant, and it was so good we ordered a half dozen from Different Drop during dinner! Not disappointed when they arrived.

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Outstanding

Superb, Burgundian style Pinot

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Nice, but not great

Good fruit level and tannin balance, but not as enchanting as expected. AM's Gembrook Hill PN is more appealing.

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