2021 Tillie J Pinot Noir

Juicy, flowing Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, with a focus on vitality.

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Fresh, vigorous Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, the second release from Natillie Johnston, as a side project from her main role as assistant winemaker at Giant Steps.

Only the lightest red in colour, with pretty floral aromatics and a zippy palate, this is thirst quenching Pinot that could take a small chill in warmer weather but is definitely not a simple park wine.

About 10-15% whole bunch and small percentage of new french oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered.

I always dreamed of returning home to the Yarra Valley to start my own wine label and the stars aligned when I was accepted into the inaugural “2019 Young Winemakers” program, No.7 Healesville. I produced my own wine and wine label (Tillie J Wines, 2019 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir. Rated 95 - 2020 Wine Companion). This was the launching platform for Tillie J Wines.

My aim is to craft wines that are a true refection of the place they have originated and can be enjoyed in their youth or after a few years maturation. Thank you for supporting my wine project and coming on this journey with me. Happy days!

94 Points - "The first vintage was released about a year after vintage, the next about eight months, and this one after only four months, which leads me to believe the wines are selling out pretty nicely. Anyway, because this is so young, I tasted it straight off, and then came back to it the next day.

It’s a charming, red fruited Pinot of perfume, delicacy, and gentle spice. Medium-bodied, raspberry with a smattering of herbs and subtle earthiness, fresh and more driven by cool acidity than tannin, though what’s there is fine and sure-footed, with an emery board texture. Clean long finish. It’s going to turn out very nicely, and while you can drink it now for more exuberant juicy fun, its true quality will be revealed in the coming handful of years." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Tillie J

Natillie Johnston, also known as Tillie J, developed her passion for wine while working for cellar doors in the Yarra Valley to support her studies in Sports Science. After completing her degree, she transitioned into the wine-making industry, starting with her first harvest at Coldstream Hills Wines in 2012. Her fascination with wine culture blossomed, leading her to pursue postgraduate studies in winemaking and viticulture at the University of Melbourne.

Throughout her career, Natillie has gained experience in various wine regions across Australia and abroad, including Margaret River, the Hunter Valley, Oregon, Germany, Canada, and New Zealand. Working alongside esteemed winemakers, she honed her craft and forged lasting friendships.

Natillie's dream of starting her own wine label in the Yarra Valley became a reality when she was accepted into the "2019 Young Winemakers" program at No.7 Healesville. This opportunity enabled her to launch Tillie J Wines. Her goal is to create wines that authentically reflect their terroir, enjoyable in their youth or after maturation, and she's gaining plenty of traction. As stated in the Halliday Wine Companion... "Mark my words. Tillie Johnston is going to become a great winemaker.

Winemaker Natillie Johnston Tillie J Wines

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