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The Deer Farm Vineyard in the cool Upper Yarra has long been a source of beautifully framed Pinot Noir wines. Consistent with the philosophy to seek out vineyard expression, the outstanding 2021 vintage was of such quality that it provided the opportunity to release a limited range of Single Block wines.
"From a single block (all MV6 clone) at 260m metres within the 1994-planted Deer Farm vineyard. Matured in 40% new French barriques. A gorgeous bright crimson. A total contrast to the more red-fruited Block E pinot, with its aromas of dark cherry, black raspberries, a hint of pomegranate and Asian spices. There's a gentle creaminess that's perfectly counterbalanced by the wine's firm, yet supple tannins. More immediate than the E Block, it will be a fascinating exercise to see where they both end up 10 years from now."
Brooding, complex and powerful with raspberry, strawberry and blue fruits underpinned by subtle French oak and hints of mineral graphite and spice.
Powerful and tightly structured with great length and a chalky tannin finish. Raspberry, strawberry, and dark cherry are in abundance with harmonious French oak, hints of mineral graphite and spice adding complexity. A wine that needs time but will reward patience in the Cellar. An outstanding vintage.
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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.
A near perfect season for cool climate varieties in the Yarra. Good winter and spring rainfall replenished the soil profile allowing a goodstart to the growing season. Spring was generally mild with no frost, flowering occurred during warm, stable conditions which was ideal. The ripening season was generally mild and punctuated with welltimed rainfall. A very even harvest period with gradual ripening and flavour development, vibrant natural acidity, and excellent quality fruit.
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.