The selected tasting partner of the Tolpuddle 2013 Pinot Noir was the Yabby Lake Block 2 pinot noir 2013. Obviously quite a different wine from the Tasmanian wine, although one could see similarities in the cool climate Mornington Peninsula offering. Yabby Lake and winemaker Tom Carson are enjoying a great run with the 2012 Block 1 pinot noir taking out the Jimmy Watson trophy at the 2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. At the start of 2015, this 2013 Block 2 pinot noir was recognised at the National Wine Show in Canberra with the RSN Riedel Trophy for Best Pinot Noir, the Treasury Wine Estates Single Vineyard Dry Red Trophy, the Minter Ellison Trophy for Best Dry Red Table Wine and the Len Evans Memorial Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show. That’s too much of a mouthful of awards to read out, so let’s get into this wine.
$95, though now sold out at winery. 300 dozen made from low-yielding MV6 clones hand-picked off a subsection of Block 2. Crushed destemmed fruit soaked 3-4 days in small open fermenters then pressed after 14 days into 500L French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and maturation. Med+ to intense dark ruby colour. A complex aromatic profile with warm spiced notes, summer strawberries, unripe cherries, tea, light Asian dried plums, white florals. Smooth silky texture, palate-awakening acidity, 14% alc. The tannins are grippy, suggesting to me some amount of whole bunch press? Good intensity of red berry fruit and strawberry essence, the flavours are rich and persistent. Long finish, dry but I’m looking for that touch of something oily to fill out the fruit. Drink now – 2025. 95+/100.