2021 The Wanderer Yarra Valley "White Label" Pinot Noir
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Single vineyard wine from Yellingbo in the Upper Yarra. MV6 clone, on red soils on a north facing slope.
20% whole bunch. Cold soak and fermentation in open fermenters. No yeast added. Hand plunged. Large format oak with 11 months on lees. 30% New. No fining or filtration. Estate bottled.
"In the context that this is always made in the light-but-insistent style, this particular release is something of a powerhouse. It’s a powerhouse of structure, spice and intent, rather than in weight or intensity of fruit. It smells friendly enough, all berried and floral, but the palate is wild with herbs, twigs, tannin, acid, cranberry and red cherry flavour. It feels and tastes serious in a dry, tannic, savoury way, and it has nutty, smoky length aplenty. You have to like the style. of course, but if you do this is pretty damn beautiful, with the charm to go with it."
94+ Points - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front