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2016 Yabby Lake Single Clone Pinot Noir Pack

2016 Yabby Lake Single Clone Pinot Noir Pack
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Alcohol %
13.5
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SKU: 2016 Yabby Lake Single Clone Pinot Noir Pack

INTRODUCTION

Robert and Mem Kirby established the Yabby Lake Vineyard in 1998 in Tuerong.  The vineyard was planted with a range of different clones of pinot noir and chardonnay, chosen for their suitability to individual parts of the site. This has resulted in a complex array of distinct parcels of fruit, each with individual personalities.

In 2016, we selected six individual clones of pinot noir and bottled them separately. 

These six different expressions of 2016 vintage pinot noir from our Yabby Lake site are offered as a limited-release set of six – a fascinating opportunity to explore the personality and character of the clones, the site and the season. 

These wines can be enjoyed side-by-side amongst a group, or discover their individual expressions just one or two bottles at a time.  We hope you enjoy the experience. 

 

The Vintage

Winter of 2015 was cold and dry, the coldest in 26 years, with an average of 13.9°C.

These cold and dry conditions continued into spring, with below average rainfall throughout September and October. Budburst occurred in mid-September.  Flowering commenced early November with the dry conditions prevailing. The gentle, dry and warm conditions led to excellent fruit set and pre-bunch closure around 30 November.

Summer began with below average rainfall and above average temperatures.  It was Victoria’s third warmest summer on record and we were thankful for the prevailing sea breezes in our part of the world.  February was hot and dry and harvest commenced at Yabby Lake on 11 February, the earliest vintage on record at Yabby Lake - one week earlier than 2015.  Pinot Gris was harvested first, then Chardonnay followed by the Pinot Noir.  The fruit was picked in excellent condition – with a wonderful depth of fruit flavour and exceptional colour.

The wines

Wines are presented in order of lighter bodied (to begin) through to more concentrated. 

 

2016 Yabby Lake Single Block Release ‘Bernard 114’ Pinot Noir

Block 3
Planted 1998
Soil Light, sandy clay loam
Harvest 18 February
Alc 14.5%
Winemaking No whole bunches

 

THE CLONE

Dr Raymond Bernard (University of Dijon, France) is widely credited with selecting and evaluating hundreds of clones from the great PInot Noir vineyards of the old world.  His 114 Clone selection arrived in Australia in the early 1990s.

THE WINE

Handpicked from Block 3, which has a northerly aspect - this 2016 Yabby Lake ‘114’ Pinot Noir is lightly coloured and floral scented. It has soft tannins, accented with red fruits and is distinctly spicy on the palate.

Cellar note:  Showing wonderful fruit expression now, we expect the best from this wine in 3-5 years.

 

2016 Yabby Lake Single Block Release ‘Bernard 115’ Pinot Noir

Block 3
Planted 1998
Soil Sandy loam
Harvest 19 February
Alc 14.5%
Winemaking No whole bunches


THE CLONE

Dr Raymond Bernard (University of Dijon, France) is widely credited with selecting and evaluating hundreds of clones from the great vineyards of teh old world.  Clone 115 arrived in Australia in the early 1990s. 

THE WINE

Handpicked from Block 3, this 2016 Yabby Lake ‘115’ Pinot Noir is fragrant and distinctly perfumed with red fruit aromas.  The palate is silky and fine with a mineral edge.

Cellar note:  Showing remarkable balance at its young age, we expect the best from this wine in 3-6 years.

 

2016 Yabby Lake Single Block Release ‘Abel’ Pinot Noir

Block 3
Planted 2011
Soil Sandy clay loam
Harvest 26 February
Alc 13.5%
Winemaking No whole bunches

 

THE CLONE

Reputedly selected from one of the most famed pinot noir vineyards in the old world in the 1980s and confiscated by New Zealand customs agent Malcolm Abel from a traveller’s gumboot. A budding viticulturist himself, Abel put the clone through the proper channels and planted a vineyard.  Also known as ‘Gumboot’ clone. 

THE WINE

Handpicked from Block 3, this 2016 Yabby Lake ‘Abel’ Pinot Noir is deeply coloured and highly perfumed. The palate is silky and deeply scented with black cherry characters.

Cellar note:  From younger vines this wine is showing remarkable depth of character, we expect the best from this wine in 6-10 years.

 

2016 Yabby Lake Single Block Release  ‘G5V15’ Pinot Noir

Block 5
Planted 1999
Soil Light medium clay
Harvest 26 February
Alc 13.5%
Winemaking 20% whole bunches

 

THE CLONE

Selected from the old world in the 1950s, ‘G5V15’ is an ancient clone dating back centuries. It arrived in Australia in the 1980s.

THE WINE

Handpicked from Block 5, which has a northerly aspect - this 2016 Yabby Lake ‘G5V15’ Pinot Noir has black cherry aromas and lovely spice. The palate is rich and rounded with generous tannins and excellent depth of flavour.

Cellar note:  We expect the best from this wine in 6-12 years.

 

2016 Yabby Lake Single Block Release  ‘MV6’ Pinot Noir

Block 5
Planted 1999
Soil Light medium clay
Harvest 26 February
Alc 13.5%
Winemaking 20% whole bunches

 

THE CLONE

Mother Vine 6 (MV6) was originally selected in 1831 from a famed old world vineyard by James Busby, the father of Australian viticulture. It was amongst the first vines imported into Australia.

THE WINE

Handpicked from Block 5, this 2016 Yabby Lake ‘MV6’ Pinot Noir shows characteristic cherry and red fruit characters on the nose, great depth of flavour and excellent tannin structure.

Cellar note:  We expect the best from this wine in 6-12 years.

 

2016 Yabby Lake Single Block Release  ‘D4V2’ Pinot Noir

Block 8
Planted 2000
Soil Medium Clay
Harvest 22 February
Alc 13%
Winemaking 20% whole bunches

 

THE CLONE

Selected from a famous village of the old world, the ‘D4V2’ clone travelled to Australia via Davis University. Dr Harold Olmo is credited with the selection.

THE WINE

Handpicked from Block 8, this block has a northerly aspect and is sheltered by bushland on three sides.  This 2016 Yabby Lake ‘D4V2’ Pinot Noir is deeply coloured and shows lifted black fruits on the nose.  Savoury and firm tannins assist the impressive depth and length.

Cellar note:  A deep and dense pinot noir, this wine will reward careful cellaring of 6-12 years.

 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Alcohol %
13.5
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