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Yarra Burn Pinot Noir 2000

Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Australia
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    Winemaker Notes

    The fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards situated high above the Yarra Valley floor in the Dandenong Ranges, where a unique microclimate for producing elegant and defined Pinot Noirs' exists. After the fruit was harvested, it was pressed in the traditional basket press, which ensures maximum tannin, flavor and color extraction. Open fermentation was also used – a method reminiscent of winemaking practices of years gone by. This wine was also matured in 100% new French oak barriques, imparting complexity. The Yarra Burn Pinot Noir is best consumed within 3-5 years.

    Alcohol: 13.5%

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    Yarra Burn, Yarra Valley, Australia
    Yarra Burn winery is situated 37 miles north of Melbourne. Nestled below the Warburton Ranges, Yarra Burn benefits from cool breezes that sweep over the mountain peaks, and the afternoon sun that gently warms the valley. Together, these Burgundian climate conditions allow Yarra Burn to produce wines of varietal character, with the delicacy, elegance and intensity expected of the Yarra Valley.

    Attention to detail is paramount at Yarra Burn, and all winemaking and viticultural techniques are constantly reviewed and improved. Drip irrigation, soil analysis and sophisticated trellis systems for canopy management all ensure the grapes being produced are of the highest quality. While the expertise and passion of the winemaking team guarantee the fruit will be crafted into distinctive wines of flair and flavor.

    Yarra Valley

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    As the most important area of wine production in Victoria today, the Yarra Valley is most popular for its 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 with a lengthy growing season, perfect for these cool-climate varieties.

    The warmer, Lower Yarra Valley in the north has sandy loam soils and produces a plush and fruity Pinot noir. The cooler, higher-elevation Upper Yarra Valley in the south has the soils composed of younger, red basalt and produces more angular and mineral-driven Pinot noir.

    Yarra Valley Chardonnay is among the best in Australia. The modern style is stony and flinty rather than fat and tropical. Malolactic fermentation is rare, but while barrel fermentation is common, barrel maturation is restrained to preserve the floral aromatics and fresh citrus flavors for which this area’s Chardonnay is so appreciated. The best Yarra Valley Chardonnays display brilliant acidity, leesy characteristics, sweet citrus, stone fruit and flavors of ginger and spice.

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

    Pinot Noir

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    One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

    In the Glass

    Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

    Perfect Pairings

    Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

    Sommelier Secret

    Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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