Beautifully balanced Pinot here showing lovely primary fruit allied with savoury, vegetal complexity.
Irrewarra’s vineyard was planted in 2001 at the top of a north-facing slope. The soils across the slope of the site are a mixture of grey sandy clay loams at the south end to dark brown loams with gravel top soils toward the north. This Pinot Noir has aromas of both sweet and sour cherries with notes of vanilla and a subtle earthiness. Good acidity and fine tannins give the palate an elegant structure, supported by flavours of stewed rhubarb, sweet spices and a savoury finish.
Region/Country: Western Victoria, Australia
Grape/s: Pinot Noir
Production Method: Destemmed and cold soaked for four days in an oak open-top fermenter. Fermentation started using natural yeasts and lasted 19 days, with gentle pigeage two to three times a day. The wine was then fed by gravity into French oak barrels; 1/3 new, 1/3 one-year-old, and 1/3 two-year-old, where it underwent malolactic fermentation and matured for 18 months.
Style: Earthy and savoury character balanced with lovely ripe red berry and subtle spice
Pairing Suggestion: White meats, game, poultry, Asian cuisine
Variety: Pinot Noir
Profile: Known as the Heartbreak grape owing to its tumultuous nature in the vineyard. Pinot Noir is best suited to cooler regions, including most famousl Burgundy in France where it produces the most sought after and expensive wines in the world. Thin skinned and early ripening, Pinot is a very transparent variety, capable of showing subtle differences in terroir and pronounced regional character. Flavours found in young Pinot include raspberries, strawberries, cherries and violets; with time these evolve into a bouquet often reminiscent of game, liquorice and autumnal undergrowth.
Classic Regions: Burgundy, Loire Valley, Alsace (France), Baden, Ahr (Germany), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula (Australia), Walker Bay (South Africa), Russian River Valley, Oregon (USA)
Irrewarra is a new winemaking project by Nick Farr, who is known for his exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at By Farr in Geelong. Irrewarra’s small three hectare vineyard was planted in 2001 predominantly with Pinot Noir, with just under one hectare of Chardonnay.