The Medhurst winery and vineyards are tucked away on the enchanting Medhurst Road, in sub region of Gruyere Yarra Valley. With recognition for excellence at the Victorian Architectural awards, the winery and recently re imagined cellar door are well worth the visit. Not to mentioned the delicious wines.
Simon Steele is the winemaker. His previous gig was the highly respected winemaker at Brokenwood, Hunter Valley.
Much like Sarah Crowe, 2019 Halliday’s ‘Winemaker of the Year’ at Yarra Yering, Simon has migrated south from the hot and humid Hunter to make ‘proper’ wines. Those of the cooler climate styles. (It’s o.k. The various wine regions and states are always taking the ‘P’ out of each other. Just a joke. Well, half a joke).
After more rain than was required in December – January,February and March proved to be warm and dry, without excessive spikes of heat to stress the vines.
The wine was matured for 10 months in French Oak barrels (30% new), and the clone is exclusively MV6.
PDT Tasting Note.
Having been bottled in February 2019, the colour is bright and vibrant, with youthful purple hues still dominant.
Fresh red fruits, subtle violets and spice greet the nose, and thankfully, flow through the palate.
Medium bodied, with a fresh and moreish tang from natural acidity.
After trying this wine again after 24 hours, I was delighted to find that there were more enticing elements to discover. The wine showed more roundness and softness on day 2, and had more glycerol richness – due to the acidity becoming more integrated with aeration.
The tannins are soft and fine grained , with a well integrated lift of natural acid on the finish.
Due to my tasting over 2 days, I would recommend keeping the wine for at least another 6 months to show at its best. It will continue to evolve over 5 -8 years.
The Medhurst 2018 Pinot Noir is available at the Cellar Door for $44 per bottle.
Official Score Out of 100.
Disclosure – I was given a sample bottle of this recently released wine for review purposes.
I was happy to review the wine and include it in the PDT Wine of the Month, due its high quality and recent release.
I am always looking for new vintage and diverse wine styles to review, as our happy PDT customers will taste on a tour.