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Coldstream Hills prides itself for having access to many of the best vineyards in the Yarra Valley. Back in the late 1980s, James Halliday introduced single vineyard wines to Coldstream Hills demonstrating their unique styles. The tradition has continued with the release of the Single Vineyard range.
At higher altitude and planted in 1994 on grey clay-loam soil, the Coldstream Hills Deer Farm Vineyard in Gladysdale produces charming Pinot Noir wines with sour cherry, hints of blue fruits and chalky tannins. Ethereal and perfumed with notes of muddled strawberries and cranberries, this is a beautifully framed wine.
"This is part of the single vineyard range and comes from a higher altitude vineyard from the Upper Yarra. It is a beautifully complex and engaging wine with a distinctive graphite character that sidles into the nose before taking a prominent place on the palate. Vibrant lively red fruits sit with a limestone dustiness on the palate. Effortless and very long finish." - Ray Jordan
A sniff and I am deep in a Yarra Valley pinot noir tasting – evocative with fresh and dried cherries, smoky spice, light herbal lift, white pepper and whiffs of cedar and mahogany. Fancy scents. Silky, lighter expression but with pretty, sweet, red berry fruit, some cinnamon and clove spice, a fine sheath of emery board tannins lending shape and direction. First thing in my head was ‘very beautiful pinot noir’. It’s got feel, detail, deliciousness and ease of drinking. Polished and preened pinot noir.
Fragrant and ethereal with lifted notes of wild strawberry, rose petal and whole bunch spice. Mineral graphite and underlying forest floor characters add complexity with French oak evident, but not obtrusive.
Elegantly framed with plushness, texture, and a silky tannin finish. Muddled strawberry and cranberry notes are interwoven with hints of mineral graphite, gamey whole bunch spice and beautifully integrated French oak.
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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 warm start to Spring with above average rainfall led to good vegetative growth. Bunch numbers were average, but dry conditions in December appear to have checked berry development. Relatively mild to cool conditions ensued throughout the ripening period, allowing gradual flavour development and sugar accumulation. A sequence of rainfall events required extra vigilance in the vineyards, but fruit quality in the main was excellent. Yields were generally lower than average, with tiny bunches seen across many vineyard sites.
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.