The Gruyere sub-region of the Yarra Valley where Tokar Estate sits, produces a more savoury, dark fruited and structured Pinot Noir than other parts of the Yarra Valley. Our Pinot Noir is made from the fruit of the two Pinot blocks at the entrance of Tokar Estate, planted in 1996 and 1998. The main difference between the blocks is the orientation, Pinot A faces West whilst Pinot B faces East. From one we get structure and power and the other provides prettiness. Both blocks are Pinot clone MV6 and are spur pruned on VSP trellis.
The Pinot was harvested on 12 February being the earliest on record and also one of the smallest yields on record with the vines delivering tiny bunches (40g per bunch instead of the usual 100g) This was due to rain during flowering. The Pinot was fermented as three small lots with slightly different processing (varying level of whole bunch inclusion, amount of destemmed berries, etc). After a cold soak, the ferments were encouraged to proceed with wild yeasts followed by a post ferment maceration to build a structure that would carry the intensity of fruit. The wine was matured in French oak hogsheads and barriques (approx. 35% new) for eight months where they underwent wild malolactic fermentation and remained on lees. The batches were kept separate until undergoing rigorous barrel selection shortly before bottling.
Bright and clear in appearance with great depth of colour. Intoxicating nose of cherries, smoked game and bitters. Quite lifted yet but with great depth. The palate is full of tension. Bright red fruits and cranberry tartness enveloped in a structure of plentiful fine tannin. This is a wine about elegance, balance and longevity.
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