DML Upper Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021


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The Wine

This wine shows all the beautiful characteristics of a wine made from fruit grown in a cool and mild Upper Yarra vintage, sourced from a mature and well cared for vineyard.

Of the two wines from ’21 this is perhaps the less obvious but the most detailed.  It is always the more bright fruited wine with aromas of poached strawberry, redskin, subtle spice notes and crème caramel.  The palate is fine boned, elegant and persistent. The flavours are dominated by primary fruit rather than secondary complexities, but this will shift with time in bottle.   It’s delicious now but will greatly benefit from a short stint in the cellar where secondary complexity and palate intensity will increase.

-100% destemmed, whole berries 
-14 days on skins, pumping over at the start of ferment then hand plunged
-Combination of wild and inoculated yeast fermentation
-20% new French oak 
-pH - 3.55
-Alc - 13.0% 
-No fining

The Review

"I texted Anth D’Anna, Franco D’Anna, and Sam Middleton just now, asking which was the best DML Pinot in 2021. Mornington or Yarra? Anth says ‘Mornington’, Franco says ‘Mornington’, Sam says ‘double emoji laughing’ and then ‘probably Mornington’. I don’t have Jordan Lewis’ mobile number, so I asked him on Instagram, ‘It seems to be Mornington, though I think the Yarra will age better’. Wise words.

Strawberry, a little spice, almond, kind of pretty, with a flicker of mint and light cedar oak. It’s light to medium-bodied, delicate and lacy, a subtle hazelnut flavour, fine grained emery board tannin, very fresh, again the spiced strawberry and a minty blood orange, but pure finish of excellent length. Lovely wine with a ‘mineral’ character, and a certain cool charm." Drink : 2022 - 2029+ 95 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front