October Wines on Tasting

October Wines on Tasting include a NEW rosé and a fresh n’ crisp Blanc de Blanc from Rob Dolan Wines.

We have two chardonnays to compare Yarra Valley styles, three rosés for choice of your new spring favourite, and a bunch of straight red varietals and red blends too.

Full list right here:

Blanc de Blanc, 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)

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 2018, Rob Dolan Wines, True Colours Range — $25

Hand picked Pinot Noir from vineyards in Chirnside Park and Gladysdale. Lightly whole bunch pressed, cold settled and fined. Aromas of strawberry, raspberry, pear and rose petal; palate of redcurrant with crisp floral notes and a dry finish.

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.

What’s June’s tastings?

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.

What’s May’s dozen?

What’s May’s dozen? Glad you asked.

We have two wines each from six top Yarra Valley wineries on tasting during May which gives a total of twelve different wines to taste on one table.

Yep, we know—that’s nothing to spit at.

To seduce your salivation here’s some notes on each of these beauties.

For your own take, drop by sometime during May ‘cause come June we’ll be switching ‘em up—variety being the spice of wine-life and all that.

Blanc de Blanc 2017, Rob Dolan Wines
Citrus, brioche, white peach and creamy mouthfeel, with green apple notes and a fresh, vibrant acid and length. WINERY FACT: Rob Dolan’s first release was in 2012 from 2010 vintage.

Viognier 2016, Warramunda Estate
Slaty, steely acid and engaging aromas of red rose, spice, ginger blossom and quince.
Deliciously viscose mouthfeel. WINERY FACT: Warramunda means ‘wait until tomorrow’ in the local Aboriginal language. First vintage from Warramunda was in 2013.

Fumé Blanc 2015, Squitchy Lane
Passionfruit, citrus, melon, peach and lime aromas. White nectarine, blood orange and apricot on the palate. WINERY FACT: Owner, Mike Fitzpatrick—who was captain of Carlton Football Club—fell in love with wine while a student at Oxford University, where he lived on ‘Squitchey Lane’.

Chardonnay 2016, Handpicked Wines
Zesty grapefruit pith, white nectarine and grilled nuts with layers of flint and oak complexity; tight acid line that drives the long finish. Whole bunch pressed; wild ferment in barrel. 50% new French oak. Partial malo-lactic fermentation. WINERY FACT: vineyard is 450m above sea level.

Rosé 2017, Squitchy Lane
Perfect summery notes from Cabernet Franc (52%) and Merlot (48%). Peach, rockmelon, honeydew and pineapple aromas; ruby grapefruit and blackberry n’ blueberry compote on palate. WINERY FACT: This wine recently won GOLD at the Yarra Valley Wine Show.

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. WINERY FACT: Vineyard planted in 1999.

Pinot Noir 2016, Seville Estate
Lifted aromas of red berry fruits, spice & a hint of sweet nutty oak. Palate of cherries & strawberries with earthy characters of rhubarb & nutmeg. Whole bunch ferment adds lift, tannins, savoury character & texture. GOLD Melbourne Royal 2017; 94 pts James Halliday. WINERY FACT: original vineyard planted in 1972.

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 for the challenging vintage, helped by the altitude of this Upper Yarra vineyard.” James Halliday, 95pts. WINERY FACT: Winemaker is Peter Dillon

Barbera 2015, Rob Dolan Wines
Aromas of dark berries, plum, blueberry, liqorice, and savoury oak and a palate of soft, fresh red cherry and spice. Hand picked fruit from the Yarraland Vineyard, Chirnside Park. Cellar for 10 years. Winemaking: gently crushed, small ferment for 12 days, direct to 1+2 year old French oak for 12 months. Winemakers: Rob Dolan and Mark Nikolich. WINERY FACT: In 2015 Rob Dolan Wines was awarded the 5 Red Star rating in the James Halliday Wine Companion.

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. WINERY FACT: First wine produced 2004; vineyard 250m above sea level.

Syrah 2016, Liv Zak
Aromas of summer berries, blackcurrant, rose, allspice with a hint of lavender and fresh herbs. Palate of fresh red and black fruits, dusted with wild herbs, black pepper and chocolatey tannins. WINERY FACT: Liv Zak Wines is the ‘daughter’ label of Warramunda Estate.

Shiraz 2015, Seville Estate
Ripe black fruits, white pepper and spice. Parcels of whole-bunch, whole-berry and de-stemmed fruit. WINERY FACT: Winemaker Dylan McMahon is the grandson of original owner. 94pts, James Halliday