Little Yering Pinot Noir 2011

It may just be me, but I have noticed more than a couple of new pinot noirs from the Yarra Valley being quite pale in colour, looking more rosé than red wine.  Perhaps it’s a sign of increasing maturity and confidence with pinot noir in the region that winemakers are willing to let the often lightly coloured pinot noir be as it is.

The Little Yering pinot noir from 2011 is made by Yering Station and is a supple little number.  A medium(-) intensity pink in colour, it is rosé like in the glass.  For context, the mourvedre rosé I tried before it, I thought darker.  But proving colour is no bar to quality, it opens to a light intensity aroma of cherry and stalk, perhaps some inoffensive VA there too, and a certain attractive fruitiness.  The palate is light with quite pretty cherries, spice and a supple texture, resulting in a balanced and enjoyable wine.  Good drinking here from a challenging season.  Good

Abv: 12.5%
Price: $18
Source: sample
Tasted: October 2012


  1. You're certainly right that the rainy February played an important part in the loss of colour in the pinots through water dilution, most likely the primary role. I just found it interesting that winemakers with pinot noir around Melbourne are seemingly more often leaving colour as is – i.e. a reflection of the vintage – rather than perhaps trying to top it up in the winery (relying on the 85% rule) to meet a consumer perception that red wine is a deep red. Perhaps that perception is passé now. Possibly in 2011 all the other wines lost colour too, so no-one bothered. Thought it interesting nonetheless.

  2. i think the main issue with the colour in 11 yarra pinots is those late feb rains, leading to even thinner skins and less pigment, as opposed to a comfort in colour extraction as a by-product of style.

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