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. With 2023 being cooler and wetter, this Pinot Noir shows more red fruits, acidity and elegance than is typical for this site. This Pinot was made predominantly from the two Pinot Noir blocks at Tokar Estate, planted in 1996, 1998. The main difference between the blocks is the orientation with Pinot A facing West and Pinot B facing East. The subtle differences between the blocks make a more complex and complete wine. All blocks are Pinot clone MV6 and are spur pruned on VSP trellis.
After a slow ripening season in 2023 due to the cooler weather, our Pinot blocks were harvested early in the morning whilst cool. The destemmed fruit was gravity fed to the fermenters for a cold soak, followed by fermentation using a combination of wild and inoculated yeasts. The wine was matured in French oak hogsheads for eight months where they underwent malolactic fermentation in our underground cellar. The wine was bottled in December after a coarse filtration.
There’s a youthful, deep ruby colour to this wine before flavours of ripe strawberries, orange zest, milk chocolate, nutmeg and Campari bitters. The palate is fresh and generous. The structure relies on the citrusy acidity more than the tannins, keeping the wine fresh, easy drinking and glossy. The wine finishes with an attractive subtle smokiness which compliments the fruit.
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