Mild Spring weather led to excellent fruit-set and slightly above average crop levels. The mild and dry Summer continued into Autumn creating the ideal 'Indian Summer' conditions for slowly ripening Pinot Noir. Harvest dates were right on average.
Lone Star Creek - Woori Yallock, Upper Yarra Valley.
Deep red volcanic soil over clay. Excellent water retention. Northerly aspect. MV6 clone Pinot Noir planted in 1998. Hand-picked on 4/3/15.
Willowlake - Gladysdale, Upper Yarra Valley.
Clay loam soil. Southerly aspect. MV6 clone Pinot Noir planted in 1991. Hand-picked on 11/3/15.
The fruit was 80% destemmed, with 20% whole bunches included in open fermenters ranging from 1 - 4 tonnes in capacity. Fermentation commenced in its own time using only wild yeast. The cap was gently hand plunged and also pumped over once per day during the peak of fermentation. After an average of 15 days on skins the wine was pressed and transferred to barrel. 25% of the oak was new French barriques (Dargaud & Jaegle, D’Aquitane & Mercurey), with the remainder in older French barriques. Maturation in oak lasted for around 9 months before bottling on 4/2/16.
The 2015 Journey Wines Yarra Valley Pinot Noir has a rich ruby red colour. The nose is an attractive bouquet of red plums, cherries and a subtle savoury spiciness. The palate shows delicious line and length - fresh tart cherries are layered with forest floor earthiness. A soft and silky structure leads on to a long and satisfying finish.
13.0% alcohol Screwcap