Spring Vale Pinot Noir 2012
1 or more bottles$79.99
Raymond Chan Wi17 points
Very pale red colour. The nose is light with fresh fruit aromas of soft red fruits and red floral perfumes, revealing cool, sappy-herbal elements along with an individual citrus-orange nuance, then toasty oak with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in expression with flavours of soft red fruits with a citrus nuance. Some fresh herbal elements indicate a cooler aspect, and the acidity is apparent. The palate is underlined by fine-grained tannins that build, leading to a dry-textured finish, A more straightforward, but pretty style with modest ripeness. Freycinet Coast, fermented with 5% whole bunch to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 30% new oak.
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Raymond Chan Wine Reviews17
"Very pale red colour. The nose is light with fresh fruit aromas of soft red fruits and red floral perfumes, revealing cool, sappy-herbal elements along with an individual citrus-orange nuance, then toasty oak with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in expression with flavours of soft red fruits with a citrus nuance. Some fresh herbal elements indicate a cooler aspect, and the acidity is apparent. The palate is underlined by fine-grained tannins that build, leading to a dry-textured finish, A more straightforward, but pretty style with modest ripeness. Freycinet Coast, fermented with 5% whole bunch to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 30% new oak."
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About the brand Spring Vale
Continuing in the tradition of hard work and innovation established by William Lyne in 1826, Rodney and Lyn Lyne have planted 14.5 hectares of wine grapes at Spring Vale, principally Pinot Noir. The vineyard began in 1986 when a small area of 0.8 hectares were planted to Pinot Noir- but it didn’t stop there. Further plantings were made in the following years: firstly, more Pinot Noir, then Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, followed by Pinot Gris in 1996. In 2000, more Pinot Noir and a splash of Pinot Meunier were planted and a further 7.9 hectares of Pinot Noir in 2013.
In June 2007, Spring Vale purchased a neighbouring farm, "Melrose" with the purpose being to enable increased production of a lighter style red. This red was the first "Melrose" Pinot Noir, with the premier vintage debuting in 2008.
The Freycinet Coast is the driest part of the Tasmanian state, with an average annual rainfall of 550mm. Warm days and cool nights are a result of this climate and ideal for slow ripening and excellent flavour development. The soil at Spring Vale is mostly a fertile clay loam, with the subsoil varying from porous friable loam with rock to medium-heavy clay. Drainage is excellent throughout the vineyard and the pH of the soil is around 6.5.
Today, the Spring Vale Vineyard is still in the safe hands of Rodney (established by Rodney and Lyn Lyne in 1986), with Rodney overseeing production at all levels, he also tends to his 100 head of Angus beef cattle.
Seven years were spent refining Winemaker Matt Wood’s craft by making wines for more than 50 brands in Tasmania. After spending his formative years in the Margaret River, he then decided a move to the sunny Freycinet Coast and the focus on a single brand. Matt is an extremely experienced cool climate winemaker and Spring Vale holds a strong position in the continuing production of elegant, sophisticated wines off the back of his expertise.