Medhurst Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2023


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Region: Yarra Valley
Grapes: Pinot Noir
First Glance: Highly perfumed, red fruits, savoury spice

The Wine:

The 2023 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir is made entirely from Medhurst Estate fruit from 23 year old vines. All fruit was handpicked and immediately destemmed into small open fermenters for cold maceration. Once fermentations commenced, the cap was gently wet twice a day and remained on its skins for 12 days. The final three days we performed a light morning pigeage (plunge) to gently extract all the flavours and soft tannins from a high quality vintage. At the completion of ferment, the wine was pressed to tank and then racked to French oak 225L barrels and one new 400L (26% new in total) for malolactic fermentation. After 6 months in barrel, the blend was assembled and bottled on August 22nd, 2023.

Vibrant cherry red, the colour is both alluring and deep for a young Pinot Noir. A highly perfumed complex nose with red fruits and savoury spice. The palate has a core of dark satsuma plums and cranberry fruit flavours and the mouthfeel is soft yet intense with terrific structure and a fresh clean natural acid backbone. A wine made for immediate consumption that will improve with careful cellaring over the medium term (3-5 years).