Wines of the Month

April 2020 Releases: 2017 Medhurst Estate $44 & 2017 Bellvale Quercus Vineyard $35

April 2020

April 2020 Releases: 2017 Medhurst Estate $44 & 2017 Bellvale Quercus Vineyard $35

2017 Medhurst Estate Pinot Noir

WINEMAKING: Fruit for the Estate vineyard Pinot Noir was grown on two quite different sites; a combination of south facing slope on the back C block, and the North facing B block. Hand-picked on the 9th and 10th of March respectively, the fruit was kept in the coolroom overnight. One fermenter was 100% whole bunches (10% of final blend from the warmer B block) and the others were entirely de-stemmed and tipped into 1t to 4t fermenters. Once fermentation commenced after the fourth day (indigenous yeasts finally co-operating), the cap was pumped over very gently twice per day and remained on its skins for 12-16 days. At the completion of fermentation, the wine was pressed to tank and then racked to French oak barrels (26% new) for malolactic fermentation. 10 months in oak, before being bottled February 13th, 2018. 210 dozen produced. TASTING NOTES: Brilliant, enticing cherry red with a lovely crimson hue. The nose speaks of place, under the shadow of the Warramatte Ranges, dark cherry, licorice, exotic red fruits and violets and spice it is both detailed and abundant. The southern aspect of the blend and the extremely low crop has ensured a concentrated and precise wine with a subtle and fine palate, whilst the fruit from the northern aspect is giving supple fine ’sweet tannins’ - balance is assured here. TECHNICAL Vineyard: Medhurst Estate Vineyard, Gruyere Block: C Block, B Block Clone: MV6 Soil: Mountain derived brown/grey loams Alcohol: 13.0 % pH: 3.63 TA: 5.4

2017 Bellvale Quercus Vineyard Pinot Noir

Established in 1998, Bellvale Wine is a family-owned business run by principal winemaker and viticulturist, John Ellis. Situated in the lush Tarwin River valley of South Gippsland, the area is acknowledged as one of Australia’s best Pinot-Noir producing regions. This is reflected in Bellvale’s numerous international and national awards over the last 21 years. The name, Bellvale, is derived from the Ellis family’s rich agricultural heritage, which may be traced back to a farm in Nieuw Amsterdam (the New York area), in the late 1600s. The Bellvale label features two majestic oak trees that grace the centre of its vineyard. Bellvale Wine’s flavour profiles present the full expression of a vineyard tended the artisan way. Its Pinot Noir is elegant and well-structured, featuring a powerful palate of rich, ripe black fruits, with a fine oak influence. “Our vines have extensive and very deep root systems that allow the fruit to more effectively express the terroir. I agree with the French that great wine is made in the vineyard,” says John. Decanter 2019 Fresh, bright and forward, with red fruit and delicate spice. Shows good energy International Wine Challenge (London) 2018 Cherry, berry and spice, mellow and fruitful. Soft tannin. With attractive, savouring tannins.


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