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2015 TarraWarra Estate Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
The top cuvee of TarraWarra's Pinot Noir stable is sourced from the H and I Block, planted in '83. A bright, light ruby colour, aromas of blood plum, red and dark cherry and a hint of orange rind tee off. The palate is ultra-silky to ethereal, expanding into flavours of autumnal mulch, twig, tea leaf and root spice, all serving as a poised juxtaposition to the sweet aromas. Yet the vanillin oak turns to bitter chocolate and a smudge of mocha; overzealous and overwhelming. This may come right and the wine more intriguing, in 5-8 years.Drink by 2024Ned Goodwin
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
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+
Medium to light red colour with a purple tint. There's a muffled, dried flowers, earthy and pot-pourri bouquet, lacking clarity of fruit perhaps. It's light and lean on the tongue, with savoury developed flavours and very light, soft tannins. A very enjoyable drinking Pinot, which is not simple and will not pall. An understated, subtle style, typical of this winery.2016 - 2028