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Yabby Lake Vineyard was established by the Kirby family in 1998, in Tuerong, which is located in the northern part of the peninsula.  Over the past decade, the vineyard has built a reputation for single vineyard chardonnay and pinot noir of great purity and character.

Led by winemaker Tom Carson, the philosophy is to craft wines that speak of site and the season in which they were grown.  It’s the attention and care in the vineyard that is most critical to allowing this expression.

The fruit was handpicked, with each parcel handled separately in the winery. Hand sorted and carefully destemmed (20% whole bunches) each parcel went into traditional oak open fermenters. The fermentation was hand plunged up to three times per day, the temperature of the fermentation peaked at 32ºC and the wine stayed on skins for 13 – 15 days, after which the wine was pressed into tight grain French oak puncheons (500L) for malolactic fermentation and maturation (11 months in oak. 20% new). The wine was bottled in early February 2016. No fining, light filtration.

Deep crimson, the bouquet opens with a flash of red and dark fruits, asian spice and a fragrant floral lift. The palate is finely structured, with the finest of tannins running with a line of cherry, wild strawberry and a host of darker fruits. Super silky and exceptionally balanced at this young age we expect the best from this wine in 6-8 years, but it will carry for many years after that. 

95% MV6, 5% D4V2 clone, hand-picked, an average of 20% whole bunches (separate batches 0-30%), wild-fermented, 8-15 days on skins, matured for 11 months in French oak (20% new). Supple and smooth; red fruits in the ascendant on the expressive bouquet and palate. Gentle spices will grow over time, adding another dimension to an already compelling wine. Drink by: 2028; Price: $60.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

Trophy - Stodart Trophy for Best Young Red - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016 
Trophy - Best Pinot Noir - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016 
Trophy - Best Single Vineyard Red - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016 
Trophy - Best Red of Show - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016 
96 Points & Top Gold - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016 


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