Dappled “Appellation” Yarra Pinot Noir 2018
SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY ..”Young Gun of Wine” and “Best New Winery of the Year” Halliday
“It’s pretty clear by now that Dappled is an out-and-out star producer. One of the very best. The value is extraordinary but quality is the main take-home.” – Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Awarded “Best New Winery” James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2018 & Young Gun of Wine 2017
“Owner and winemaker Shaun Crinion was introduced to wine in 1999, working for his winemaker uncle at Laetitia Winery and Vineyards on the central coast of California. His career since then has been so impressive I can’t cut it short, so here (with minor abbreviations) it is in full: 2000 Devil’s Lair, Margaret River; Corbett Canyon Vineyard, California; ’02 Houghton, Middle Swan; ’03 De Bortoli, Hunter Valley; ’04-06 Pipers Brook, Tasmania; ’06 Bay of Fires,Tasmania; ’06-07 Williams Selyem, California; ’08 Domaine Chandon, Yarra Valley; ’10 Domaine de Montille, Burgundy.” James Halliday Wine Companion.
Dappled started in 1999 “.. with a view to make high quality, unadulterated wines from special patches of dirt at realistic prices. These wines were first and foremost for my family and friends, so a hand-crafted, minimal intervention philosophy just made perfect sense to me – and still continues today.” Shaun Crinion.
This wine is a blend of premium cool upper Yarra vineyards and selected Valley floor sites (Including Steels Creek, Denton, Swallowfield, predominately MV6 clone with a small amount of D5V12) that practice sustainable viticulture. Minimal intervention winemaking; cold soak, wild yeast, foot plunging, open ferments, 30% whole bunch with natural MLF and only 15% new oak. 10 months on full lees with no additions except SO2. Bottled by gravity, un-fined and unfiltered.
The wine opens with smoky whole bunch character but with air, beautiful red berry fruits (raspberry and cherries), chinese five spice and mocha develop. Flavours are round and deep with dark cherries and smoky savour tannins leading into a soft silky finish. This delicious Pinot overdelivers on quality and flavour.. Recommend decanting this wine or opening early to breathe.
Brand new release so unreviewed as yet. Previous vintage 2017 .. 93+points Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front “.. I like/love the Upper Yarra style and so one sip and I was hooked; regardless this has quality stamped all over it. Undergrowth, strawberry, woodsmoke and all those gorgeous leaf-scattered spices. Fantastic drinking/buying. A steal at $29. Don’t mind if I do.”
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Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley
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