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The Yarra Valley just 45 kilometres east of Melbourne is where Pinot Noir takes pride of place. It is recognised as Australia's foremost cool climate producer capable of making Pinots with intoxicating aromas, unparalleled complexity with amazing length and flavour. The collection features 3 bottles each of 4 different examples from 4 renowned producers which has scored 92 Points or better from Australia's leading Wine Critics.

The StarDozen consists of the following:

3 bottles        Punt Road Napoleone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
3 bottles        Oakridge Over The Shoulder Yarra Pinot Noir 2015
3 bottles        De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2015
3 bottles        Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2016

Punt Road Napoleone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
Winemaker Tim Shand sent through a range of excellent notes on his latest releases but perhaps most pertinent was this remark on the making of the Napoleone Vineyard Pinot Noir: “Mostly open fermented at 20% whole bunch, the blend also contains smaller 100% whole bunch and 100% whole berry ferment batches. I reckon the best. Drink: 2017-2023+; Price: $29; Date Tasted: April 2016; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

Oakridge Over The Shoulder Yarra Pinot Noir 2015
Sourced from vineyards at Gladysdale, Woori Yallock and Coldstream. The perfumed red fruits of the bouquet are enticing, the fresh light to medium-bodied palate likewise. While intended for early consumption, 4-5 years' cellaring will see a burst of spices and dried flower petals appear. Excellent value; this was a great pinot vintage. Price: $23.00; Drink to: 2025; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion 

De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2015
All the parts of the puzzle are here but they’re still a little jumbled. The won’t remain so for long. It’s briary, peppery and sappy but it’s also silken, cherry-plummed and sinewy with tannin. I like everything I see; I just want to see/drink it again in another year or more. Tasted: Feb 2016; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $30; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2017-2024; Rating: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2016
This vintage produced many full-flavoured pinots, this a very good example. Its colour is deep, the bouquet and palate focused around dark cherry fruit and attendant flecks of spice - spice that will grow with time. The length, balance and varietal fruit expression are an excellent base for the future (and for now). Drink by: 2023; Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2016; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 93 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

 

 

 

 

 

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