$50 from Winestar. 210 cases produced from a single 1.3Ha vineyard planted in 1995. The 2010 vintage was very kind to the Yarra Valley, and this wine certainly embodies the brilliant winemaking skills of Mac and the best that the Yarra Pinot Noir grape can offer. Foot-stomped destemmed fruit, spending 10 months in 7% new Damy French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Clear, medium+ crimson ruby colour. A open bouquet with layered elements of dark berry fruit, earth and spice all rolled then flipped out at you like carpets. Blackcurrant, strawberry essence, fennel, shitake mushroom and damp clay. Smooth velvet texture, high fruity acidity, 12.5% alc. A medium+ bodied wine, with very even toned fruit flavours. I feel the fruit is slightly more advanced than its age indicates, but the soft powdery tannins should permit this wine to last for quite some time yet. Clean precise blackcurrant flavours with touches of spice throughout. A perfect accompaniment for some raisin baked rice with roasted lambchops with yogurt dashed with nutmeg. Drink now – 2017. 93+/100.