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 fourth release of this wine.
Good winter rains ensured dams were full and soil moisture filled to capacity for the start of the 2012/13 growing season. Spring was warm and dry providing excellent conditions for the season ahead. The summer saw consistently high temperatures but very even conditions prevailed, with none of the extreme heat days we have experienced in some recent vintages.
Harvest commenced on 20 February, the same day as last vintage and coincidently all Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were picked by the 9 March, again the same as last vintage. 2013 vintage fruit arrived at the winery in excellent condition across-the-board, free from disease and at perfect ripeness levels – terrific flavour and acid retention in the whites and pinot showing great colour, flavour and balance. The winemakers predict 2013 to be the best ‘odd’ year of Cuvée Nina since 2005.
|Variety||46% Chardonnay (I10V5 clone), 45% Pinot Noir (G5V15, MV6)|
|Block||Hand picked from Block 4|
|Soil||Sandy Clay Loam with iron shot stone and light medium clay|
|Riddling||Early August 2019|
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 six years on lees.
Assemblage: 46% 2013 chardonnay, 45% 2013 pinot noir, 9% reserve wine (2012 vintage - 5% chardonnay, 4% 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.