2011 St Huberts Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria

2011 St Huberts Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria

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2011 St Huberts Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria

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St Hubert’s was established in the Yarra Valley north of Melbourne in 1862. This area is renowned for the quality of its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  Gregg Jarratt the winemaker believes this is one of the most elegant recent examples of his Pinot Noir.

A classic Yarra Valley Pinot Noir from the cooler 2011 vintage. A medium strawberry red colour with notes of ripe red fruits and some subtle oak spice on the nose.  The palate is very elegant for Australian Pinot with raspberry and blackberry notes overlaid with well-integrated oak flavours. Tannins are silky and fine. An ideal accompaniment for duck or venison.
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St Huberts Vineyard

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate
Wine Advocate
Matured in French oak barriques, 32% new, for 10 months, the 2011 Pinot Noir is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with aromas of black cherries, red currants and pomegranate over nuances of lilacs and loam. Medium-bodied and well-structured with a medium level of chewy tannins and crisp acid, it offers a good concentration of flesh with a long, savory finish.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate - Issue#201 Jun 2012 Read more