A new season brings some new wines to the tasting table at Yarra Valley Cellar Door.
We’ve gone out on a rosé limb too with four, count ’em—FOUR—rosés on offer, each of which are overflowing with enough flavour to entice out the sun.
Wine notes below but remember the best way to get to know these Yarra Valley gems is to drop in to 242 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, Yarra Valley and taste ’em.
Spring Wines for September
Fumé Blanc 2015, Squitchy Lane — $30
Passionfruit, citrus, melon, peach and lime aromas. White nectarine, blood orange and apricot on the palate. WINERY FACT: Owner, Mike Fitzpatrick—former captain of Carlton Football Club—fell in love with wine while a student at Oxford University.
Chardonnay 2017, Handpicked Wines — $25
Bright, fresh, lively. Fresh citrus and stone fruit aromas with bright fruit on the palate, creamy texture and a clean finish. Aged in mostly old French oak. Fruit from select Yarra Valley vineyards. WINERY FACT: Handpicked’s Highbow Hill Vineyard won Yarra Valley Vineyard of the Year 2017 (Yarra Valley Wine Show).
Chardonnay 2016, Tarrahill Wines — $30
Beautiful aromas of butterscotch, almond croissant and lemon tart. Palate of white stone fruit, crème brulee, lemon curd and bread and butter pudding. 30% new oak and 100% malolactic fermentation. WINERY FACT: 5 Star Winery Rating from James Halliday (Wine Companion, 2017)
Rosé 2017, 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).
Rosé 2017, Handpicked Wines — $29
Pinot Noir 95%, Marsanne 5% . Pinot Noir juice and Marsanne skins gives the wine extra body, texture and phenolic depth. Strawberry ice-cream nose. 2017’s long slow ripening period allowed gradual development of complex flavours and retention of good levels of natural acid.
Rosé 2017, Squitchy Lane — $25
Raspberry notes from Cabernet Franc (52%) and blueberry from Merlot (48%). Peach, rockmelon, honeydew and pineapple aromas; ruby grapefruit and blackberry n’ blueberry compote on palate. WINERY FACT: GOLD at the Yarra Valley Wine Show.
Rosé 2016, Elmswood Estate — $25
An abundance of red berry fruit and subtle notes of rose petals. Bright flavours of raspberries and red cherries vie for attention on the palate, with their fruity acidity balanced by layers of texture and subtle savoury characters from phenolics, ageing on lees, and barrel fermentation.
Pinot Noir 2017, Handpicked Wines — $28
Soft and fruity medium bodied red. Bright fruit characteristics of ripe raspberries, cranberries and black cherry, with soft, yet grippy tannins. Pairs well with Peking Duck, Game, Roast Beetroot. WINERY FACT: Winemaker is Peter Dillon.
Le Bâtard 2016, 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
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Elmswood Estate — $35
An elegant Yarra Cabernet nose of red and blue fruits, hints of bay leaf and brown spice, and balanced French oak. Handpicked from dry-grown, 30+ year old vines. Matured for 16 months in a mix of French oak barriques, hogsheads & puncheons (45% new). Includes 8% Merlot and Sangiovese. 93pts James Halliday.
Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2014, Squitchy Lane — $30
Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Cabernet Franc 35 %, Merlot 20%. Spicy, red fruits and a waft of mint; medium bodied. Hand-picked, destemmed and crushed to small open fermenters. Fermentation in 7-10 days and individual parcels pressed and matured in barrels for 15 months prior to blending and bottling.
Syrah 2013, Elmswood Estate — $35
An intriguing nose of plums, raspberries, aniseed and black pepper spice, supported by a subtle dusting of cinnamon and mocha from quality French oak (matured for 20 months). The palate is round and soft with a creamy mouthfeel on the mid-palate, finishing with sweet, silky tannins and balanced acidity.