VINEYARD: Located at Woori Yallock in the upper reaches of the Yarra Valley. Extraordinary north facing vineyard recently purchased by the De Bortoli family from Kate and Stephen Shelmerdine. Planted in 1985, close vine spacing, lots of manual work in the vines, deep red basalt soils. Typically produces highly aromatic red fruited Pinot Noir that is seriously charming.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS: 2016 was warm and dry through most of the growing season. Good rain in late January settled things down and the harvest was mild but quite early.
WINE ANALYSIS: Alc/Vol: 13.5%, pH: 3.67, TA: 5.2 g/L
CELLARING: Delicious drinking now but will develop into a wine with even more gravitas and complexity in 4-5 years.