2016 Red Claw Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir
Cracka Value Rating
RRP $30.99 per bottle
Our Price $26.99
$161.94 (6 x 750ml)
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
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
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.2014-2017The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
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.NowGood Wine Guide
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.2013-2016The Australian Wine Annual 2013
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 2016Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
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 - 2015Wine Taste Special Edition 72
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 2016Australian Wine Companion 2013
To 2014Australian Wine Companion 2011
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.2011-2014The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
2011-2014The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Well-shaped and balanced, with silky, plummy fruit and restrained oak; good now, but plenty of development potential.Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Good colour and hue; an attractive mix of plum, cherry and spice; good mouthfeel, balance and length; quality oakAustralian Wine Companion 2009 2008
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
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.