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Medhurst Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2020



Yarra Valley

Pinot Noir

Bright ruby red in appearance with a lovely crimson hue. Red cherry, five spice and floral notes dominate the aromas.

$33.00 / Bottle

The Season
The 2020 growing season began with a wet spring and later then average budburst. This inclement wet, breezy spring weather led to poor flowering and set and from the outset we realized the crop would be well below the already low cropping Medhurst average. A mild, dry December was followed by a showery January and February which enabled the fruit to ripen at a gentlemanly pace with picking commencing the first week of March. The resultant crop whilst small (40% below average), was of extremely high quality. The bunches were tight and compact, clean and of high flavour and importantly comprised of beautiful natural acids. The wines are looking bright, and energetic in their youth. The 2020 releases will have that lovely balance of fruit weight, complexity, line and length.
Tasting Notes
Bright ruby red appearance with a lovely crimson hue. Lovely nose, highly perfumed wine with red cherry, five spice, mint and floral notes dominating the aromas. The palate has a core of red fruit flavours around a backbone of natural acid. The mouthfeel is lithe and energetic with slinky fine tannins and a clean, fruit-driven finish. A wine made for immediate consumption that will improve with careful cellaring over the medium term.
Wine Making
The 2020 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of Medhurst Estate fruit and a single neighbouring vineyard with lovely balanced 30 year old vines. All fruit was handpicked and immediately destemmed into small open fermenters for cold maceration. 10% of the fruit was kept as whole bunches and tipped directly on top of de-stemmed berries, with further berries on the top to enclose the bunches into the ferment. Once fermentations commenced, the cap was gently wet twice a day and remained on its skins for 12 days. At the completion of ferment, the wine was pressed to tank and then racked to French oak barrels (10% new) for malolactic fermentation. After 8 months in barrel, the blend was assembled and bottled on November 17th, 2020.
Food Pairing
Perfectly paired with light meats, peking duck or some pecorino cheese.