2021 Tillie J Pinot Noir

Yarra Valley, VIC

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


..a charming, red fruited Pinot of perfume, delicacy, and gentle spice.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

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.

About Tillie J Wines

Tillie J is Natallie Johnston, winemaking vagabond who first did vintage at Coldstream Hills in 2012 and returned to the Yarra to take on a full-time role at Giant Steps, with stops in the US, Germany and NZ in between.

Her sole current focus is one wine, one variety, one vineyard, a small corner of a Yarraloch vineyard in the Gruyere sub-region of the Yarra. She is working the wine, first released to acclaim in 2019, from grape to glass, controlling all aspects of viticulture and winemaking. Minimalism is key, with no fining or filtration and only a small amount of sulphur usage.

As stated in the Halliday Wine Companion.. "Mark my words. Tillie Johnston is going to become a great winemaker."

Natillie Johnston
Natillie Johnston
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

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!

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 13.00%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Natillie Johnston, aka Tillie J
Natillie Johnston, aka Tillie J
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"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)


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