I new a girl called June. She liked wine.
But I digress.
So what are the magic dozen of Yarra Valley wines on tasting during June? Let’s take a peek at the tasting notes…
On Tasting at Yarra Valley Cellar Door in June
Pet Nat 2017, Six Acres Wines
Pet Nat is short for Pétillant-naturel which is a wine produced in the méthode ancestrale, an ancient and natural way of making sparkling wines, predating the méthode champenoise. 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay. Bone dry. Unfiltered and unfined. No sulphur.
Fumé Blanc 2015, Squitchy Lane Vineyard
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 (ESTATE) 2016, Seville Estate
Beautiful aromas of white flowers and stone fruits encased with a flinty lees reduction. The palate is focused and pure with bright melon fruits, sweet spice and a toasted almond oak complexity. 30% new French oak; no malolactic fermentation. WINERY FACT: Winemaker Dylan McMahon is the grandson of original owner.
Chardonnay (RESERVE) 2016, Seville Estate
Lifted white melon fruits with a citrus and nutty aroma. Noticeable lees contact with background flinty reduction. The palate is complex and nutty with stone fruits and great tight acidity. Long finish. Lees for 10 months. 30% new French oak (300L/500L); no malo fermentation.
Rosé 2017, Squitchy Lane Vineyard
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. WINE FACT: GOLD at the Yarra Valley Wine Show.
Rosé 2017, Handpicked Wines
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.
Pinot Noir 2016, Six Acres Wines
Fruit and spice on nose including ripe cranberry, raspberry and forest floor. Delicate yet flavourful. No fining, no filtration and minimal sulphar added. MV6 clone. GOLD at 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show.
Pinot Noir 2016, Handpicked Wines
“Brilliant clear colour, 100% MV6 clone provides the structure underpinning the red berry and plum fruit of the elegant, yet long and intense, palate. An exceptional outcome.” James Halliday, 95pts
Merlot 2017, Handpicked Wines
A full- favoured wine with juicy raspberry and mulberry fruit flavours, mocha oak and the soft tannin so typical of the Merlot variety. Aged in mostly old French oak. Fruit from select vineyards.
Field Blend 2017, Six Acres Wines
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (20%) and Pinot Noir (10%) from the family run vineyard in Silvan (planted in 1999). Aromas of plum-cake, raspberry, blueberry, red-cherry, jaffa cake and cola with medium, soft tannins. Vineyard 250m above sea level. WINERY FACT: First wine produced 2004.
Shiraz 2015, Seville Estate
Ripe black fruits, white pepper and spice. Parcels of whole-bunch, whole-berry and de-stemmed fruit. This wine received 94pts from James Halliday. WINERY FACT: Shiraz vineyard was planted in 1972.
Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2014, Squitchy Lane Vineyard
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.