The 12 wines of March 2019

The 12 wines of March 2019 are each excellent examples of what makes the Yarra Valley such a unique and special wine region.

From world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to Italian varietals—Sangiovese anyone?— to mind-blowing Cabernet Sauvignon, we’ve got it all going on in the valley.

This month you can taste:

Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Lone Star Creek — $25

Fermented in barrel (Fumé style), matured on lees in seasoned French Bariques (225 litres) with full malo. Passionfruit and melon notes with citrus zip and crispness. Vegan friendly. WINERY FACT: This is the first vintage from Lone Star Creek, made by Franco D’Anna.


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.


Chardonnay 2017, Journey Wines — $38

The elegant yet intense nose has aromas of green apple, lemon tart and grapefruit. The palate is tight and long with white peach on the front-palate balanced by a distinct line of grapefruit acidity. WINERY FACT: winemaker Damian North is a former sommelier whose winemaking career has taken him to Tarrawarra (Yarra Valley), Benton-Lane Winery (Oregon) and Leeuwin Estate (Margaret River).


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 1976, making them amongst the oldest in the Yarra Valley.


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 2017, Lone Star Creek — $30

A well balanced wine with distinctive perfumed MV6 pinot characters of red berries, red plum and a touch of savoury. 15% whole bunch, wild yeast fermentation, open tanks. Vegan friendly. WINERY FACT: Vineyard also provides grapes to Innocent Bystander (Brown Brothers), Rob Dolan Wines and Hoddles Creek.


Pinot Noir 2017, Journey Wines — $38                                                           

Aromas of red berries, plums and cherries, complemented by forest-floor and subtle oak. Silky tannins lead to a delightfully long finish. 20% whole bunch fermentation. Handpicked fruit from Lone Star Creek – Woori Yallock, Upper Yarra Valley (79%) and Willowlake – Gladysdale, Upper Yarra Valley (21%).


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.


Syrah 2017, Lone Star Creek — $35

Rhone style wine, with redcurrant and white pepper aromas, a soft mouth feel and a lingering, spicy finish. Perfect with meaty pastas, roast pork or vegetarian lasagne. 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).