Purity and transperancy are some key words that spring to mind here. It’s super pretty and delicate, but offers plenty of flavour and ample persistence. Taken from the coolest site that Giant Steps work with, a killer combination of 100% whole bunch, some carbonic maceration and high quality fruit has resulted in an exceptional wine. Aromatically outgoing, it shows red cherry, pomegranate, chalk and red apple skin on the nose - characteristics which are evident on the palate, too. It’s fine grained and elegant, and the whole bunch has been gobbled up so well by the fruit that I barely believed it is 100%. A wash of Aperol-like botanicals close the wine with light and fine tannin. Very good. - Ches Cook, FWC.
The Wombat Creek Vineyard is the most southerly in the collection and the highest altitude too, at 400 meters. It was planted in the 1980s as a source for cool-climate, Upper Yarra sparkling base. In the last 10 to 15 years, the site has emerged as one of the more exciting table wine sites in the area. Wild fermented and and made with 100% whole bunch, the 2021 Wombat Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir underwent carbonic maceration for a total of three weeks on skins. On the nose, there are notes of fennel flower, red apple skin, fig, lavender, quince and pork fat, shaped in the mouth by mineral/lead pencil/graphite tannins. This was bottled without fining or filtration. It is bright, sappy and crunchy, with a cavalcade of exotic spice complexity. It actually looked a lot better after an hour or so in the glass, suggesting that if you must drink it early, do the right thing and decant it. Drink 2022-2035. 94+ Points. Erin Larkin, The Wine Advocate.