Punch Lance’s Vineyard Close Planted Pinot Noir 2015

From Punch Lance‚Äôs Vineyard in the Yarra Valley, and a producer I haven‚Äôt previously come across, this is a very good pinot noir.¬† There‚Äôs actually not much of it – only 1,300 bottles were produced.¬† It has aromas of cedar and rhubarb. ¬† Its long length and considerable fruit intensity provide enjoyment, and while theContinue reading “Punch Lance’s Vineyard Close Planted Pinot Noir 2015”

De Bortoli Regional Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018

This is a sound pinot noir from De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley, and the 2018 vintage.  It has aromas of cherry, raspberry and strawberry.  The palate is balanced with fresh acidity.  More pleasant than complex, this wine will suit consumption over the next couple of years.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $20. Website: debortoli.com.au

Thousand Candles Yarra Valley 2011

Thousand Candles was launched in the Yarra Valley with a lot of hype, an on trend ethos of site expression, a stellar price ($100) and some gushing reviews. ¬†I think some of those reviewers might be a bit embarrassed now. ¬†2011 was the first vintage of Thousand Candles and it’s an unorthodox blend of 92%Continue reading “Thousand Candles Yarra Valley 2011”