Late rains into December followed by ideal ripening conditions through to harvest.
Hand picked from only six middle rows in south on 4th March, 2012.
Destemmed, whole berries ferment with no additions whatsoever. Handplunged. Bottled under Diam cork March 2014. 13% alc/vol. Released 18th December, 2016.
“Striking, deep, vivid purple-crimson; the perfumed red berry bouquet heralds a harmonious, supple palate with both depth and length to the black and red cherry fruit; the oak is not obtrusive, tannins present but not obvious. To 2027.”
James Halliday 95 Points
Relatively low rainfall and mild temperatures during fruitset, then long ripening with a few heat spikes to harvest.
Hand picked from only six middle rows in south, six middle rows in west on 9th March, 2013.
Whole bunch ferment. Nothing removed, nothing added. Handplunged. Bottled under Diam cork March 2013. 13.5% alc/vol. Release date 18th December, 2016.
“Strong, bright crimson-purple hue; a very expressive bouquet with a deep pinot and allspice aroma is replayed on the full, but well balanced palate, plum, spice and positive oak all contributing. Sure to develop well. To 2023.”
James Halliday 94 Points (Silver)
Excellent vintage with ideal conditions; long mild summer and balanced ripening.
Hand picked from fourteen middle rows in south, eight middle rows in west on 21st February, 2015.
Whole bunch with south, destemmed whole berry with west. No additions. Extended time on skins. Bottled under Diam cork July 2016. 13% alc/vol. Release date 1st August, 2017.
“…it is as fresh and crisp as a spring day; its cherry/berry fruit flavours positively sing in the mouth.
Natural wine at its greatest…”
James Halliday 95 Points (Gold)
Early bud burst, perfect fruitset, then a dry and warm ripening to harvest.
South: hand picked from in twelve middle rows on 2nd March, 2016.
West: hand picked eight middle rows on 2nd March, 2016.
South fruit and West fruit kept separated. Whole bunch and whole berries natural ferment for both. Handplunged. Bottled under Diam cork July 2017. South 13.4% alc/vol. West 13.3% alc/vol. Release date 2nd August, 2018.
“This is pinot noir to make your head spin. Cranberry, musk, sour cherry, sweet herbs, tang and silk. It offers some kind of journey and impresses as some kind of wonderful. If you get the chance you must try this. It’s captivating…”
Campbell Mattison, Halliday 96 Points (Gold)
How does Nine One Six #pinotnoir from #yarravalley #australia stand up to #japanese #donburi with an array of #homemade pickles? Very well! Loved the wine’s subtle flavors, floral notes & sweet spices #wine tasting #australianwine #masterofwine #winelove @JeannieChoLee, MW, Twitter 24th July, 2019
Cherry-berry flavours with layers of rose petals, undergrowth and fragrant herbs. Drinking it is like taking a walk in the garden. Fresh, lively, different, individual. Light in both colour and flavour but harmonious and intriguing.
Campbell Mattison, Halliday 93 Points (Silver)
Luscious spring rain, mild flowering conditions, gentle ripening: an outstanding vintage.
Hand picked from only six middle rows in south, six middle rows in west on 5th March, 2017.
Whole bunches into small fermenters, just a few rows destemmed. Natural ferment. Handplunged. Bottled under Diam cork November 2018. 12.5% alc/vol. Release date 9th December, 2019.
“Everything a pinot should be: fragrant, finely-tuned and elegant. Add to that florals, spiced cherries, orange peel and a hint of menthol before swaying onto its medium- bodied palate, buoyant with supple tannins and fresh acidity.”
Jane Faulkner, Halliday 95 Points (Gold)
Sporadic rain and shine during spring gave way to a long, dry summer and ideal ripening period.
South: hand picked from only four middle rows on March 8th, 2018. West: hand picked three middle rows on 8th March, 2018.
South fruit and West fruit kept separated. Whole bunches. Natural ferments. Footstomped! Bottled under Diam cork November 2018. Both wines 13% alc/vol. Release date 8th August, 2020.
“The immediate balance and sense of effortlessness, coupled with complexity and vibrant detail, called for an early bottling to preserve the youthful exuberance of these wines, opting for slow bottle-ageing to lay on the charms of maturity instead”
Ben Haines, Winemaker
Halliday Wine Companion (Silver)
Halliday Wine Companion (Silver)
Low rainfall and mild temperatures from budburst through to December. A hot and hurry up end to the vintage with a compressed harvest window across the Yarra Valley!
Hand picked from only nine middle rows in south, five middle rows in west on 28th February, 2019.
Both whole bunch and destemmed berries ferment. In neutral barrique barrels on gross-lees for 12 months. Bottled under Diam cork July 2020. 12.5% alc/vol. Release date 11th October 2021.
“… Heady with florals, a touch of star anise, fennel and blood orange with a waft of forest floor. Sweet plums and cherries mingle and linger. Don’t be fooled by its apparent gentleness and lightness across the palate, as the fine tannins and bright acidity lengthen out the finish. A lovely wine..”
Jane Faulkner, Halliday 94 Points (Silver)
Vintage 2021 was wonderful, our best yet.
Perfect conditions for fruit set, rain when we needed it, and no heatwaves. Harvest was an absolute delight.
The wine is now still in barrel.
We’re not in the business of hurrying things.
It will likely be bottled in 2022, and we’ll lay it down in a temperature controlled cellar before release in 2023.