Yal Yal Rd is a small vineyard and a relative new comer to the region located at Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula. The pinot noir is made by skilful and experienced winemaker, Sandro Mosele (Kooyong/Port Philip Estate), and show real promise. When offered this wine at the Flinders Hotel with lunch, I was told it was a very, very light pinot. Have been told this on numerous occasions and I usually ignore it is generally meaningless and shows a misunderstanding of the variety. And so it was in this case! The wine has very silky tannins but good power and persistence finish on the palate.
A relative restrained nose with a touch of earth and red berry fruits. The wine is medium bodied with red berry and cherry flavours. It is nicely structured but the real promise of this vineyard is in the depth and length which belies the youth of the wine and the vines in this vineyard. I enjoyed this wine which was a good match for my duck confit and I will look forward to seeing how wines from Yal Yal Rd develop.