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St Huberts The Stag Pinot Noir

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This is one of St Huberts prouder achievements, a Pinot that best typifies the personality of the Yarra Valley. This is complex and appealing with notes of strawberry and the savoury aspect of sappy earth. It reeks of Pinosity and delivers extraordinary flavor. The palate is a broad panoply of vibrant summer berries with fine tannins rounding out the finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Hubert de Castella's passion for the Yarra Valley saw him establish St Huberts in 1862. By the late 1800s it had grown to be the largest estate in the area. The wines enjoyed immediate and on-going success at wine shows both domestically and abroad. The onset of the Great Depression, the increasing popularity of fortified wine and the emerging profitability of dairy farming saw the vineyard revert to grazing in the 1920s. It wasn't until the 1960s that the Yarra Valley again rose to prominence as a wine region and St Huberts was once again one of the pioneers.

Appearance: Light crimson with crimson/red hues.

Nose: Lifted Yarra Pinot notes of cherry and spice, with hints of cranberries and raspberries. These fruit notes are complexed with earthy / gamey, forest floor notes, and a hint of stalks in the background.

Palate: The wine is light and approachable, soft and fleshy – light yet nicely proportioned. Cherry and cranberry flavours are framed with fine supporting tannins and lingering strawberry notes. The wine is deliberately fruit dominant, with very subtle (caramelised sugar) oak evident – and lovely Pinot length.

Cellaring: Now - 2017.

Alcohol: 13.5%

expert reviews about

St Huberts The Stag Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2012 Vintage) says
Fresh bright aromas with good spicy lift. Strawberries and raspberries fill the mouth with flavour. Supported by elegant tannins.
September/October
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson-purple; a no-holds-barred, complex, medium-to full-bodied Pinot with an impressive tannin structure framing the plum and black cherry fruits. Whether or not made for early consumption, will in fact live for years to come.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
92
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2015
Australian Wine Companion 2012
93
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Dark, 'masculine' pinot - leathery and plum pudding-like, with rounded tannins.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Good colour depth, purple hue; a fragrant bouquet with dark plum aromas; the palate is complex with sous bois/foresty notes; excellent length; no sign of smoke taint.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Quite ripe and juicy red- and dark-cherry fruit here. This trades on attractive varietal character and offers decent value. The palate's sleek and juicy, with wild-raspberry flavour, handy acid/tannin bounce and a cherry-stone finish.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Good colour; quite a toasty bouquet with redcurrant, cherry and a touch of spice; quite firm on the palate, with plenty of sweet red fruit on the finish
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Crimson wine with gorgeous aromas of ripe plums and red apples. Full and fleshy in the mouth with an intensity of bright fruit flavours, some grippy tannins and crunchy acidity.
Winestate 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
A new label from St Huberts with excellent freshness -partly because it was matured, intelligently, in mostly used French oak for only five months. Tastes good. Sour cherries, tar, twigs, toast and spice. It's nicely complex and varietal, with reasonable carry and excellent acidity. The finish isn't overly lengthy, and there's a stewy note that detracts a fraction - though we're being picky. Good drink.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
89

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