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2015 TarraWarra Estate Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

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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 upper echelon of Yarra Pinot.

Winemaker's Notes

Vine Clone, Age & Features: MV6 and D5V12. Produced from heritage, low yielding vines, planted on north facing slopes.

Site Selection: H-Block is the backbone of the Reserve Pinot Noir blend. At 32 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: 2015 was an ideal year for the Yarra Valley, warm days and cool nights during ripening allowed for fine flavour development and retention of acid. Yields were around 7 tonnes per hectare. The fruit was in perfect condition at harvest.

Vessel Type, Age and 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 through harvest and through barrel maturation. The wine is blended to be the best interpretation of the TarraWarra vineyards.
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.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2015 TarraWarra Estate Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2015 Vintage) says
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 2024
Ned Goodwin
92
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
96
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+
92
Huon Hooke (2014 Vintage) says
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
92

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