2019 Wheeler Willowlake Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

Impressive Pinot Noir from one of the best vineyards in the Yarra Valley. A young winemaker on the rise here.

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After a fruitful period growing and making wine with his good friend Rhen Dodd, Dale Wheeler decided to step out on his own in 2017 and start Wheeler wines.

An exploration of great sites around the Yarra Valley and greater Victoria has unfolded very nicely so far, with each vintage his unique winemaking style gets a little more refined.

This is his take on the much loved Pinot Noir fruit from the Willowlake vineyard in the Upper Yarra. Plenty of great winemakers have put their spin on this fruit, Dale's is a slightly divergent offering.

It's juicy, filled with squishy red strawberry, some amaro-like notes and a distinct spicy character through the finish. A lovely wine from a label to watch.

Made using fruit sourced from the highly esteemed Willowlake Vineyard in the cooler South-Eastern reaches of the Yarra Valley on red and grey volcanic soils.

The 2019 Pinot Noir was hand-picked in mid March. 30% whole bunch (kept as 100% whole bunch cab-mac for 2 weeks), with the balance destemmed to whole-berry. Naturally fermented with a total maceration time of approximately three weeks. Matured in French hogsheads for 9 months. Bottled in January 2020. Unfined and unfiltered. 194 dozen made.

93 Points - "These Wheeler wines are quite distinctive in style. Wheeling along on their own road, you could say. Peppery, rosy, poached strawberry and ripe cherry, green mango?!, shot through with orange rind, juniper berry and spice. Medium-bodied, has a peppery and amaro edge to it, dusty feel to the tannin, ripe strawberry, lively old spice cupboard thing going down on a finish of good length. Good to drink. Atypical in style, but I like it a lot." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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