Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
1 or more bottles$75.00
James Halliday95 points
Mike Bennie95 points
95% MV6, 5% D4V2 clone, hand-picked, an average of 20% whole bunches (separate batches 0-30%), wild-fermented, 8-15 days on skins, matured for 11 months in French oak (20% new).
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- Red Fruits
- Red Cherry
Critic Scores & reviews
"Supple and smooth; red fruits in the ascendant on the expressive bouquet and palate. Gentle spices will grow over time, adding another dimension to an already compelling wine."
"Moody, brooding, fine perfume. Wafts from the glass with a serene elegance, which sounds highfaluting, but you get the sense something special is happening here. Degrees of cherry fruit, sweet spice, fine cedar, sandalwood, earth, herbs, complex detail right here. Succulent in the palate, concentrated but light and fresh, fine tannins, fresh, then tannins slide in and tighten the wine. Supreme elegance."
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About the brand Yabby Lake
Established by the Kirby family in 1998, Yabby Lake Vineyard is located in in Tuerong, which is in the northern part of the Mornington Peninsula.
The past few years have been incredible for the winery. With über-gifted winemaker Tom Carson at the helm, 2013 saw Yabby Lake take out the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy for their Pinot and get two wines in James Halliday's Top 100 wines of the year.
Their single vineyard Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay offerings are of the highest quality and modestly priced too. They are pristine wines, with svelte fruit, great length pure, clean lines.