Robert and Mem Kirby established the Yabby Lake Vineyard in 1998. This Single Vineyard Cuvée is named after their daughter Nina, and it is the third release of this wine.
The 2012 growing season was as close to perfect as a vigneron could hope for.
Mild, warm and steady weather throughout the entire season, slow and steady ripening and fruit of incredible intensity and balance. 2012 was the vintage that produced our history-making Block 1 Pinot Noir, winner of the Jimmy Watson trophy.
|Variety||58% Chardonnay (I10V5 clone), 42% Pinot Noir (G5V15, MV6)|
|Block||Hand picked from Block 4|
|Soil||Sandy Clay Loam with iron shot stone and light medium clay|
|Harvest||16 Feb (Pinot Noir), 20 Feb (Chard)|
|Tirage||19 October 2012|
|Riddling||Early August 2017|
Traditional Method. Whole bunch pressed, only the cuvée used (512.5L/t). Primary fermentation in stainless steel before bottling and secondary fermentation in bottle for four years on lees.
Assemblage: 51% 2012 chardonnay, 35% 2012 pinot noir, 14% reserve wine (2011 vintage - 7% chardonnay, 7% pinot noir).
From a classic vintage on the Mornington Peninsula, this wine shows great delicacy and finesse. A fine, dry aperitif style, the extended time on lees imparts wonderful complexity and texture. Pure and with incredible line and length, the wine has a poised, lingering finish.