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2016 Red Claw Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir

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    RRP $30.99 per bottle

    Our Price $26.99

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    $161.94 (6 x 750ml)

    cracka review

    You’ll have red claws by the time you finish this addictive Pinot Noir as it will stain your hands with grapey goodness. Winemaker Tom Carson has created an enigmatic Pinot with bags of character and appeal. It’s crammed with cherry and berry flavours with hints of scintillating spice and a soft palate weight. It’s long and lingering with dark fruit, subtle oak and a supple mouthfeel. A perfect match for duck.

    expert reviews

    Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
    You can buy this without hesitation. It’s a little warm perhaps but it’s varietal, fragrant, well turned out and just plain delicious. Sweet-sour cherries, woody spice notes, a tasty, tangy, firm-ish finish. Scratches the pinot noir itch very nicely indeed.
    2016 - 2020
    91
    Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
    The Red Claw wines are made by exemplary Mornington Peninsula producer Yabby Lake. The class of both the fruit and the winemaking shines through here. Yes this is a good wine. Tangy, textural and with good persistence. Sweet-sour cherries, strawberries and tonic/herb-like notes. Has a silkiness, an urgency. Chalky tannin completes the picture. Excellent buying.
    The Wine Front
    91
    Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
    An assertive, spicy and herbal pinot whose very ripe and faintly tomatoey bouquet of red cherries, dark plums and fresh cedar/vanilla oak reveals nuances of dried herbs. It's sumptuous and generous, with a rich, round presence of plums, beetroot, cherries and smoky oak overlying meathy nuances and some greenish notes. A little too under and over-ripened for a higher rating.
    2014-2017
    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
    87
    Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
    There s a bright and lively attitude to this Peninsula pinot noir, plenty of ripe red and darker cherry fruits on offer, some anise and toasted, hard brown spices. The palate s smooth and juicy with strawberry and cherry fruit flavour, fine, light tannins and an approachable style.
    Now
    Good Wine Guide
    91
    Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
    A fine young pinot whose sweet, spicy fragrance of dark cherries, redcurrants, underbrush and light cedary oak is backed by nuances of red flowers and baked earth. Smooth and supple, with a pure, juicy and brightly-lit fruitfulness framed by pliant, sappy tannins, it's long, vibrant and reveals a hint of smoky oak.
    2013-2016
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    91
    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
    Has distinctly more colour and depth than most Mornington Peninsula Pinots from Õ11, with crimson to the fore; the bouquet is fragrant, the palate with black and red cherry fruit sustained by quality tannins giving rise to a touch of forest on the finish.
    To 2016
    Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
    92
    Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
    This wine is a revelation in a line of sub-$25 Mornington Peninsula pinots, because the fruit presence and harmonious balance on parade here simply walk all over everything else. Yabby unites cherry/berry fruits with brambles, savoury herbs and the kind of firm, fine tannins that suggest it will improve with a year or two.
    2013 - 2015
    Wine Taste Special Edition 72
    91
    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
    Bright, clear crimson-purple; intense blood plum and dark berry fruit aromas with a waft of French oak flow through to the palate, where they back off a little on the mid palate before coming through strongly on the finish.
    To 2016
    Australian Wine Companion 2013
    93
    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
    To 2014
    Australian Wine Companion 2011
    91
    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2009 Vintage) says
    Red Claw is one of the second labels of Yabby Lake and Heathcote Estate. Its best feature is its texture - it feels satiny on your tongue - and it's always good when a pinot noir has this as a feature. It's fairly light in flavour though it seems sweeter and fuller given time to breathe so, to get the best from it, give it a slosh in a decanter. It tastes of sour cherries, boysenberry, Turkish delight and rubber. Wouldn't be surprised if this scores better in a year's time.
    2011-2014
    The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
    89
    Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
    2011-2014
    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
    88
    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    92
    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
    Well-shaped and balanced, with silky, plummy fruit and restrained oak; good now, but plenty of development potential.
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    92
    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
    Good colour and hue; an attractive mix of plum, cherry and spice; good mouthfeel, balance and length; quality oak
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    94
    Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
    Yabby Lake's new junior label washes ripe, almost jammy pinot characters together with tobacco and undergrowthy complexity, the oak is assertive. Quite chunky and chewy in the mouth with greener tannin edges, shows some depth and density, needs time to settle.
    Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
    89

    winemaker's notes

    Description: With intense complex aromas and great depth of character, Red Claw's no nonsense approach to viticulture and winemaking is clearly visible in this vintage. A fine, long, juicy palate with a persistent polished finish. Bursting with cherry and dark fruits. Pinot lovers will enter a love affair with this wine.

    Vinification: Handpicked, with each parcel handled separately in the winery (a total of 18 individual batches). Hand sorted and carefully de-stemmed (some whole bunches), each parcel went into traditional open fermenters. The wine underwent three days of cold soaking to ensure even and thorough extraction. Batches were on skins for 7-10 days.

    Maturation: Transferred into French oak (500L puncheons) for 10 months and prepared for bottling in late November 2016.

    Aroma: Characteristic perfumed, fragrant aromas highlighted by cherry and dark berry fruits complemented by a touch of spice and underlying French oak.

    Palate: The long, silky palate has a lovely elegance and velvety texture, with concentrated red fruit flavours and a finely poised finish.

    Alc/vol: 13.5%

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