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2014 TarraWarra Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Old vines, careful clonal selections, a great vineyard site and the sturdy winemaking hand of Claire Halloran - you can't go wrong with the Tarrawarra Reserve Pinot Noir. Year after year, this wine is classed in the upper echelon of Yarra Pinot.

Winemaker's Notes


TarraWarra Estate Block: H Block and I Block

Date of Harvest: 18th and 26th February 2014

Vine clone: MV6 and D5V12

Vine age & features: Produced from heritage, low yielding vines at 30 years of age, planted on north facing slopes.

Site selection: H-Block is the backbone of the Reserve Pinot Noir blend. At 30 years of age, this is one of our icon sites. It consistently produces our highest quality Pinot Noir, the soil is naturally low yielding giving optimum vine balance. I block was planted in 1989, originally as a clone trial block. The years have shown the D5V12 to be most suited to the site, the balance being grafted over in 2001. This clone often performs well in warmer years.

Vintage notes: 2014 was a warmer vintage, with very low yields. Although the average maximum temperatures were higher, night time temperatures were much lower than average, allowing the fruit to retain acid and develop pure flavours.


Barrel type, age & size: French Oak: 25% new barriques; and a mix of one to two year old barriques (225L) and puncheons (500L)

Winemaker notes: The fruit batches are kept separate in barrel and blended to the style intended to express the truest form of the varietal character and the site.

A vibrant perfumed aroma of raspberries, rose petals, plum and restrained cedar oak, the wine shows nuances of complexity on the nose.

The palate is finely layered opening with pure fruit, a fine texture, grainy tannins and a generous palate. It has wonderful persistence of flavour and excellent potential for long term cellaring.

Drink now and over 10 or more years.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

expert reviews about

2014 TarraWarra Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
30yo MV6 and 25yo D5V12 estate clones separately fermented and matured, 12 days on skins, matured in French oak (25% new). Clear crimson hue; a truly delicious wine built around a heart of fresh red cherries and red berries, with gossamer silk tannins and perfectly judged French oak. This will change as it ages, with more foresty nuances, but will never be better than it is now.
Drink by 2029
Mike Bennie (2014 Vintage) says
From the H and I blocks on TarraWarra estate. That info probably means little to most, so the idea is is that this is a Reserve wine from selected smaller plots on a single estate. The vineyards were planted 1983. So often ‘Reserve’ equates to more oak, bigger wines, not so here, thankfully – it serves the best fruit well. Transparent, lacy pinot noir of high drinkability and some charisma. Raspberry, strawberry fruit scents meshed to black pepper, clove, briar, turned earth. Good sweet-savoury hit to start. Some chalky fringes to the wine in the mouth but it’s all about that layered, crispness of pristine, sourish-crunchy textured fruit going on. Sheets and sheets of light, lean flavour wash the earthy palate and finish in the distance. It’s bright but reserved. Pretty nicely done.
2016 - 2025+
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson-purple; an elegant, sophisticated pinot noir embracing the full spectrum of Yarra Valley pinot aromas and flavours on its highly fragrant bouquet and palate; the juicy red and black cherry fruits are framed by fine, but persistent, savoury tannins on the lingering finish.
Australian Wine Companion
Rob Geddes MW (2013 Vintage) says
Wonderful vibrant colour leads to complex red fruit aromas, strawberry to red cherry and raspberry ripe fruit with a dark spice savoury edge. In the mouth a rich full bodied style, youthful, fresh and age worthy with silky tannins taunt fruits with fine acidity. The strawberry fruit has great middle palate intensity and freshness while the tannins back the fruit roundly filling the middle palate with plumpness toned by acidity and lingering red fruits with a subtle savoury element.
Australian Wine Companion
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (2010 Vintage) says
Smoky, charcoal aromas emerge first, with a nice touch of undergrowth. There's attractive fruit sweetness in the mouth and plenty of stuffing, and the tannins are grainy and persuasive. It's big, generous, rich and robust.
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, Aug/Sep
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A long, elegant and very complete pinot whose heady bouquet of fresh red and black cherries, plums and fresh, lightly smoky vanilla/cedary oak is deeply scented with red flowers. Long and smooth, underpinned by fine, loose-knit tannins, it's stylish and seamless, revealing layers of pristine small fruits finishing with lingering intensity, savoury complexity and balance. It's artfully composed and very stylish.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Remarkable generosity of bright flavour and oak complexity. Mouth filling sweet fruit structure and silky tannins with lightness and freshness of mouth feel.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson-red; while light-bodied, has above-average complexity and length; bright, supple red and black fruits are balanced by a nice foresty twist on the aromatic bouquet and silky palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Remarkable generosity of flavour and richness of structure with lightness of feel.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A luscious, stylish and impactful pinot of genuine depth and richness. Scented with deep floral and spicy aromas maraschino cherries, cloves and cinnamon backed by notes of musk, briar and cherry kernel, its viscous and voluptuous, with a round, juicy presence of dark fruit, silky tannin and meaty notes underpinned by hints of mint and menthol. It finishes quite savoury, with just a hint of spirity warmth.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A serious statement of pinot, sourced from some more mature vines and delivering a deep strawberry-fruit character - really rich and supple - a softer tannin web and an earthy streak. The wine has good balance and shape, and handy weight too; some game meats and nice weighting through the finish. Certainly one to dine with.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
TarraWarra Estate was planted in 1983 and, after a bit of a lull, has returned to top form in recent times. A lot of the top-end 2008 Yarra Valley pinot noirs are carrying a tonne of tannin. Here's another. Gone, it seems, are the days when Australian pinot noir could be accused of being afraid of a bit of grippiness. This otherwise carries a bright stream of tangy, citrussy, boysenberried fruit flavour, with polished, cedary and spicy oak giving it a touch of class. It has length and focus, complexity and power. It's right up there in quality terms.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
A rich and hedonistic Yarra pinot that has plenty of richness and ripeness, meaty complexity, mocha and earthy nuances - there's plenty going on. The palate delivers smoked meat flavour and dark, earthy berry fruits, dark cherries and plums, with a juicy build through the finish. This loves rich game meat dishes.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A firm, polished, meaty and spicy pinot whose aromas of sweet black and red cherries, ground coffee oak, smoked meats and roast nuts are lifted by a floral quality. Smooth and quite viscous, with a rather plush, silky expression of black and red cherries, dark plums and fine-grained smoky oak, it's handsomely supported by drying, fine-grained tannin. Well composed and complete.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Remarkable generosity of flavour and richness of structure with lightness of feel.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
slightly hazy colour; a very intense palate with great thrust and drive to the savoury-nuanced black cherry and plum fruit running through to the finish and lingering aftertaste
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Remarkable generosity of flavour and richness of structure with lightness of feel.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
Remarkable generosity of flavour and richness of structure with lightness of feel.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010

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