Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2007 Front Label
Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2007 Front Label

Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2007

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750ML / 13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Medium red with vibrant purple hue. Fragrant cherry and blueberry fruit characters with underlying gaminess and spice. Toasty oak is evident adding further complexity. Medium bodied style with fine silky tannins and length. Vibrant fruit characters of cherry, strawberry and blueberry are evident with stalky savory notes and spice. Toasty oak is evident, but does not dominate. An elegant style from the extremely dry 2007 vintage.

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Slightly smoky and peppery upfront, the 2007 Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir opens on the palate to reveal a velvety texture and flavors of plum accented by hints of coffee and chocolate.
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Coldstream Hills, Australia
Coldstream Hills was established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday. From its initial vintage of 450 cases it has grown to become one of Australia's leading small wineries, its wines sold in some 16 countries and a reputation out of all proportion to its size.

Situated in the cool and beautiful Yarra Valley, about one hour's drive east of Melbourne, its steep, close-planted vineyards have become a signature of the region. So too have its wines (most notably Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs) which reflect a climate cooler than Bordeaux and a little warmer than Burgundy.

France too provides all the oak barriques (1500, but increasing year by year) and no small amount of inspiration for the winemaking team of James Halliday and, Paul Lapsley.

The wines are quite literally, hand made, mainly using small open fermenters (of three to four tonnes capacity) for the red wines, while the white wines are barrel fermented. Notwithstanding the increasing production, there has been and will be no significant change in the winemaking techniques or philosophies inherent to Coldstream Hills.

These techniques are directed to making wines, which are characterised by elegance and finesse, by silky supple texture, length of flavour, subtle oak and the ability to develop extra dimensions of complexity with bottle age. These are not weighty, extractive, tannic or alchoholic styles, however impressive well made examples of these may be.

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As the most important area of wine production in Victoria today, the Yarra Valley is most popular for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which account for over half of vineyard acreage. A gentle, rolling and rural region alongside the Margaret River, the Yarra Valley has a cool maritime climate with a lengthy growing season, perfect for these cool-climate varieties.

Two styles of Pinot Noir are possible here. The warmer Lower Yarra Valley with sandy, loam soils, produces plush and fruity Pinot Noir while the cooler, higher-elevation Upper Yarra Valley with soils of young red basalt, produces more angular and mineral-driven Pinot Noir.

Yarra Valley Chardonnay is among the best in Australia. To preserve the floral aromatics and fresh citrus flavors for which this area’s Chardonnay is so appreciated, time in barrel is restrained (though barrel fermentation is common). The best Yarra Valley Chardonnays display brilliant acidity, leesy characteristics, citrus, stone fruit and flavors of ginger and spice.

Shiraz and Cabernet find success in parts of this region as well.

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GZT2414617_2007 Item# 114637

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