Medhurst Estate Pinot Noir 2019
James Halliday'95 points
James Halliday: "Light, clear purple-crimson. Purity is the watchword for both the bouquet and palate, with just a shimmer of tannins, the oak influence not obvious. Silky red fruits are particularly appealing."
Medhurst Wines produces a premium range of full flavoured wines that showcase the unique regional characteristics of the grapes. Expressive, supple and complex Pinot Noir with an enticing crimson/purple hue.
The nose speaks of place, under the shadow of the Warramatte Ranges, dark cherry, licorice, exotic red fruits, violets and spice it is both detailed and abundant. The season of mild weather delivered us a wine of incredible balance and charm. With a subtle and long palate, there is great vibrancy as well as plenty of ‘ripe’ tannin presence, ensuring a wine suitable for cellaring.
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Critic Scores & reviews
James Halliday's Wine Companion95
"Hand-picked and sorted, 90% whole berry/10% whole bunch, 10-15 days on skins, matured in French oak (29% new) for 10 months. Light, clear purple-crimson. Purity is the watchword for both the bouquet and palate, with just a shimmer of tannins, the oak influence not obvious. Silky red fruits are particularly appealing."
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About the brand Medhurst
Medhurst Wines is the realisation of the long held and shared vision of Ross and Robyn Wilson to own a property in the Yarra Valley and produce high quality wines. Ross was CEO of Southcorp and drove the company’s acquisition of Penfolds, Lindemans and Wynns in 1990. He has remained passionate about wine ever since.
Ross and Robyn Wilson spent years looking for the perfect site and for many reasons they jointly decided on the Yarra Valley. Robyn Wilson spent her childhood here, and the Australian and international status of this excellent cool climate wine region and its incredible beauty, helped make their decision.
The Medhurst Vineyard was also particularly chosen for its favourable micro-climate, north facing slopes, good drainage and magnificent aspect. It was planted in 2000 with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
With the sole objective of making the best wine possible, careful vineyard management ensures yields are low, averaging two tonnes per acre and providing intensely flavoured fruit.