2020 Medhurst Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

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A dense and dark Pinot Noir from Medhurst's superb estate fruit.
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Medhurst's Estate Pinot Noir, as the name suggests, comes from fruit grown in two blocks in their own estate vineyards. Planting of the Pinot Noir began in 2000, so the vines now have some good age on them, which is reflected in the wines.

Destemming and gentle treatment of the fruit through a light pumping over and occasional pigeage ensure the purity of the fruit. Fermentation occurs with natural yeasts, followed by aging in oak for 10 months before bottling.

The Medhurst Estate Pinot Noir is always dense with fruit, spice and ripe tannins, with loads of acid giving the wine a wonderful freshness.

The 2021 growing season was a true roller coaster with a great result in the end ! It began with a wet spell and a later then average budburst. Thankfully the spring weather improved in November with mild dry and warm weather allowing for perfect flowering and set. From the outset we realized the yield would be excellent and the consistency of set indicated a great year ahead. This proved the case ! A mild, dry December was followed by a wet January which kept the vineyard team busy. However the weather changed again for the better with a warm (but not hot) February and only 4mm of rain ! This enabled the fruit to ripen at an even pace and we commenced picking in the third week of February. The bunches were of good size and weight with lovely intense fruit flavours and comprised of beautiful natural acids. The wines are looking bright, and energetic in their youth. The 2021 releases will have that lovely balance of fruit weight, complexity, line and length. An excellent vintage.

95 Points - "Destemmed into open fermenters with 3 days' cold soak prior to fermentation. Matured for 9 months in French barriques (25% new). Very bright crimson. Equally bright on the nose with its aromas of wild strawberry, raspberries, crushed violets and a little spice. Delicious straight out of the gate, this balanced and silky smooth wine will still be looking good 5-7 years from now." - Philip Rich (Halliday Wine Companion)

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    Great wine, great winery

    Totally enjoyed this wine. Better yet is visiting the Winery in the Yarra Valley. Great place for a long lunch. Friendly staff and nice views across the valley.

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