Winter is upon us and it’s the perfect time to explore wine in the comfort of your own home. After visiting us first, of course, and picking up a mixed six or so of boutique Yarra Valley delights.
New to the table this month is a smashingly excellent Pinot Noir from Santolin Wines.
Check out the tasting notes below for more on Santolin’s Pinot Noir and all the other top boutique Yarra Valley producers on tasting during June.
For more info on each producer follow the links on our ‘Wineries’ page HERE.
Blanc de Blancs 2017, Rob Dolan Wines — $27
Crisp, green apple notes on the nose and palate. Fresh zingy hint of lemon rind, brioche and white peach. 9 months on lees. WINERY FACT: 5 Star Winery Rating from James Halliday (Wine Companion, 2015)
Chardonnay 2018, Lillydale Estate — $35
Enticing aromas of nectarine, white peach and apricot danish. Perfectly balanced flavours combining oak (vanilla, crème brulee, dill), stone fruit and lemon zest, orange peel and wet stone. 20% new oak, 5% malo. From 3 blocks; 2 original plantings. WINERY FACT: Vineyard includes Penfold 58 and St Huberts clones.
Pinot Grigio, Ingram Road (Helen’s Hill) 2018 — $25
Clean and fresh with a balance of golden delicious apples and nashi pear and clean minerality and acidity. Nuances of rich, textural flavours on the mid palate from an extended cold tank fermentation of over six weeks. WINERY FACT: Winemaker is Scott McCarthy (former Mandala, current Soumah Wines)
Gewürztraminer 2018, Lilydale Estate — $35
Aromas of peach, lychee, pears and apple cinnamon spice. A fresh, deep palate of pears, honeydew melon and clove stewed apples. WINERY FACT: The vineyards were established in 1974, making them amongst the oldest in the Yarra Valley.
Fumé Blanc 2015, Helen’s Hill — $30
Honeyed apricot texture and a nutty rich finish—think cashews. ‘Evolution’ because it’s handpicked, whole bunch into barrel, barrel ferment and left alone. No stirring. Solids and lees for 16 months in old french barrels (3-5 years oak puncheon—500litre). WINERY FACT: Founded in 1997, built winery in 2004/5, cellar door opened in 2006.
Rosé 2018, Santolin Wines — $25
Wild fermented Pinot Noir (84%)and Sangiovese (16%). Dry, textural and gently aromatic with wild strawberries, peach and pear notes and a musk-stick finish. No fining (Vegan friendly). WINERY FACT: this is Santolin’s first rosé with a total production of only 5 barrels (bottled 24 Oct 2017).
Pinot Noir 2016, Santolin Wines — $42
This wine is made from fruit grown on the Willowlake Vineyard in the small village of Gladysdale in the Upper Yarra Valley. 15% whole bunches and 85% whole berries were left to cold soak in an open pot, then left to ferment naturally over a 14 day period with regular hand plunging.
WINERY FACT: Selected for Qantas Business Class International.
Le Bâtard 2017, Tarrahill Wines — $30
Aromas of black cherry, blackcurrant and cherry ripe. Palate of light Christmas cake and chinese five-spice with a peppery finish. 80% Pinot Noir/20% Shiraz (approx). WINERY FACT: Vineyard is organic and biodynamic in transition. They use no insecticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers
Nero D’Avola/Sangiovese 2017, Ii Capo, Santolin Wines — $30
Aromas of raspberries, plums and violets; earthy palate of black cherries and plumcake. 50% Nero d’Avola/50% Sangiovese. 16 months in oak, some 1yr old barrels. Only 300 dozen produced. WINERY FACT: this wine is Vegan friendly.
Shiraz 2016, Tarrahill Wines — $45
“Estate-grown, destemmed and crushed, fermented in closed tanks, matured in French oak (30% new) for 12 months. The inky depths of the colour, of the smoking bouquet, the endless layers of the omnibus of black fruits, licorice, the voluminous but soft folds of tannins are exceptional.” James Halliday 97 points.
Le Savant 2016, Tarrahill Wines — $80
Densely packed black fruit flavours and ripe tannins, layers of dark fruit, chocolate and spices. 98% Cabernet Sauvignon/2% Shiraz. Matured in French Oak (25% new) for 12 months. 96pts James Halliday. WINERY FACT: 5 Star Winery Rating from James Halliday (Wine Companion, 2017).