2019 Single Barrel Melba Block Pinot Noir


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Yarra Valley


Melba Block




On pouring a glass of this unique Pinot noir you would not be criticised for announcing “that’s not a Pinot” when judging by its colour alone. The nose displays lovely fruit characters, with the French oak coming through beautifully. Matured in a one year old French Barrique (225L) barrel, this Pinot has that aroma you just want to keep taking in and enjoying, with the initial taste being exquisite. Dark cherries rule the roost with an oaky softness that helps round the earthy characters that are so predominant in the Home Block Pinot Noir fruits DNA. Primary flavours don’t disappear either, they continue to interest and excite the mouth minutes after taking a sip, particularly on the front and mid palette. A second sip delivers even more, primarily cherry flavours, followed by a rich blood plum character. Again, lingering and continuing to give more and more. This Pinot is drinking perfectly now, but will certainly develop with careful cellaring. (only 285 bottles made)


100% handpicked on 12 March 2019. Inoculated and fermented on skins over a 2 week period. Pressed using a half-ton hydraulic basket press with the primary ferment being completed in a one year old François Frères barrique. Matured on full ferment lees for 11 months. Bottled 28 Jan 2020. Unfined and unfiltered.

Home Block

Home Block Vineyard, Pinot Noir block. Situated at 230m above sea level, the Pinot Noir was planted in the early 1980’s on an undulating, east facing slope on friable grey loam soils. Completely unirrigated and hand nurtured. Surrounded by National Park.



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Malic 0.01 // Glu/Fru 0.15 7.7 std drinks Vegan Friendly



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Steels Gate Home Block Vineyard
Situated at 230m above sea level was planted in the late 1970’s on an undulating slope on friable grey loam soils. Completely non irrigated and hand nurtured, surrounded by National Park. The vines are cared for by hand and the grapes carefully hand picked at the perfect harvest time. This 6+ acres comprises of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.
Steels Gate Melba Block Vineyard
Situated at 150m above sea level was planted in the early 1980s. Similar to the Homeblock, the Melba vines are all cared for by hand, 100% cane pruned to ensure best quality fruit is grown and hand harvested.
Nagambie Vineyard
Nagambie Vineyard is a partnership with a family estate located in the picturesque Nagambie region. Still cool climate, this region produces lovely medium bodies reds and some lovely Rieslings and other similar white varieties.
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