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Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

RRP (750 mL)
$85.00
750 mL
$85.00
6 x 750 mL
$510.00

Overview

Overview

Coldstream Hills was established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday and has since grown to become one of Australia's leading and most awarded small wineries.

A triumphant return for our Reserve Pinot Noir – this release has been well worth the wait. Handpicked fruit from estate blocks, including the low yielding Amphitheatre A Block, planted in 1985. Dark cherry and plum notes enhanced by subtle French oak and chalky, persistent tannins. A lingering finish and delicate balance round out this Reserve release and a long future seems assured.

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2017
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 13.5%
Peak Drinking Now - 2030
Winemaker Andrew Fleming

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

95 points Huon Hooke
Silver 2018 Royal Hobart Wine Show
Silver 2018 Adelaide Wine Show
Silver 2018 National Wine Show of Australia
Bronze 2018 Perth Royal Wine Show
Bronze 2018 Yarra Valley Wine Show
Bronze 2018 Royal Brisbane Wine Show

Huon Hooke

"Deep red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is reserved and sweet dark cherry-like, the taste elegant and medium-weight, with a fine backing of tannin, which adds backbone and authority as well as contributing to its length. An intense, powerful pinot of impressive concentration and lasting aftertaste. It has a very bright future."

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Chicken
Fish
Pork
Duck
Cured Meat
Pasta
Salad
Pizza

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Attractive fruit characters of dark cherry, red currants and cranberry are complemented with whole bunch stalk spice and underlying graphite mineral notes. French oak is subtle, but not assertive.

Flavours and Palate

Medium bodied in style, the wine has great texture and balance. Dark cherry and plum notes are enhanced by subtle French oak, graphite mineral nuances and savoury whole bunch stalk notes. The palate is long and finishes with characteristically chalky and persistent tannins.

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.

The 2017 vintage was a return to a cooler weather pattern with cool spring months and a mild to warm Summer. Rainfall and yields were close to average, allowing grape flavour and sugar to ripen in a steady manner. Acid retention was excellent in the fruit giving rise to wines of freshness, vibrancy and great balance.

Sourced from handpicked fruit from the Coldstream Hills Estate Blocks, the fruit was fermented traditionally in small three tonne open fermenters. Whole bunches were used in the fermenters to add further complexity and structure.

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.