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Dr's Block Pinot Noir 2016

Dr's Block Pinot Noir 2016

RRP (750 mL)
$50.00
750 mL
$50.00
6 x 750 mL
$300.00

Overview

Overview

Coldstream Hills prides itself for having access to many of the best vineyards in the Yarra Valley. Back in the late 1980s, James Halliday introduced single vineyard wines to Coldstream Hills demonstrating their unique styles. The tradition has continued with the release of the Single Vineyard range.  

The fruit derived from Dr's Block is a chameleon in some respects. An alluring bouquet of vibrant red fruits, hints at Upper Yarra origins, however this brooding single vineyard Pinot Noir hails from the warmer, lower Yarra Valley. Cherries, raspberries and strawberries marry with understated French oak on the palate, transpose beautifully from the nose, interwoven with whole bunch spice and savouriness. Fine, chalky tannins and impressive structure confirm its Lower Yarra roots. A medium-bodied style, enjoy the generosity of flavour of this inaugural release.

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2016
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 13%
Peak Drinking Now - 2026
Winemaker Andrew Fleming

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

90 points Philip Rich
Silver 2017 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Bronze 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show
Bronze 2017 Royal Hobart Wine Show
Bronze 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

Philip Rich

"Made from MV6 clones planted '97, this light to medium bodied wine has spicy, lifted red fruit aromas with a touch of savoury/meaty complexity. There is good intensity on the palate and the tannins are fine, persistent yet firm. Good now, this will benefit with some time to unfurl and fill out."

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Chicken
Fish
Pork
Duck
Cured Meat
Pasta
Salad
Pizza

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Perfumed and vibrant, with dark cherry and muddled strawberry characters dominating. Subtle French oak provides ethereal undertones and is complemented seamlessly with whole bunch spice and mineral graphite notes.

Flavours and Palate

Medium bodied in style with layered texture, fine acidity and a chalky tannin finish. Dark cherry, raspberry and muddled strawberry characters flow with seamless French oak undertones and whole bunch spice.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Yarra Valley, Victoria

Cooler than Bordeaux yet warmer than Burgundy, picturesque Yarra Valley is one of Australia's foremost cool-climate wine regions. An easy one-hour’s drive from Melbourne, the area is home to more than 80 cellar doors. In addition to the huge range of wineries, the area boasts superb contemporary restaurants, authentic rustic farms - and luxury overnight accommodation if the sightseeing gets too much! The fertile Yarra Valley soils produce famously elegant and textured Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

An un-seasonally warm Spring led to early budburst and fruit set. Canopies were healthy with yields generally above average. Dry, favourable conditions ensued with rapid fruit ripening and a uncharacteristically compressed vintage. Fruit quality was high, with the wines produced being generous in flavour. 

Andrew Fleming - Chief Winemaker

Growing up in wine country Mildura, at just 13 years of age, Andrew attempted to make his own wine; the end result was undrinkable, his father’s shed a shambles, but the winemaking seed was sown. 
After completing a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne, Andrew spent two years at Mildara in Coonawarra before heading to Bordeaux where he furthered his winemaking qualifications with a Diplome National d’Oenologue from the University of Bordeaux. Since then he’s completed vintages at the iconic Chateau Haut Brion in Bordeaux, several vintages in Languedoc, in addition to completing a vintage at Matanzas Creek winery in California’s Sonoma Valley. For six years Andrew was a Winemaker at Lindeman’s Karadoc winery and in 1996, became the Winery Manager of Seppelt in Great Western; providing the perfect segue for his current role as Chief Winemaker Coldstream Hills which he has held since 2001.