Wedgetail Estate comprises around 14 acres of vines on steep slopes in Cottles Bridge, towards the western end of the Yarra Valley wine growing region (Victoria, Australia). Previously a photographer, Guy Lamothe began planting vines in 1994 while embarking on his wine science degree and gaining practical experience in the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Meursault in France.
The Pinot Noir is planted on an easterly-facing slope. The crop yield in 2004 was around 2.5 tonnes per acre. This wine was created using the traditional method of open vat fermenters including 5% whole bunches. Wild yeast fermentation was used and the wine remained on skins for one week after fermentation. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak barrels of which 25% were new.
This is a powerful yet wonderfully seductive wine, with an aromatic and vibrant nose of spices, black cherries and plum. The palate is juicy and meaty with an elegant finish. A typical Yarra Valley flavour profile with the tannins needing time when first tasted in 2009 but after a few years they had soften and became quite silky, very good length. This is an outstanding example of Yarra Valley pinot noir.