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Punch Lance’s Vineyard Close Planted Pinot Noir 2015

From Punch Lance’s Vineyard in the Yarra Valley, and a producer I haven’t previously come across, this is a very good pinot noir.  There’s 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 the new oak is prominent, it is balanced in the context of the fruit.  Light, fine tannins and a medium body complete the picture.  Ready to drink now.  Rating: Good to Very Good.  Abv: NA. Price: $90. Website: https://punchwine.vendecommerce.com. Reviewed: May 2020.

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Liv Zak Chardonnay 2019

Liv Zak’s Yarra Valley chardonnay from the 2019 vintage is quite different in style to the wine just reviewed.  It has a subtle, creamy lemon aroma.  The palate is full bodied, the acidity high and the length medium.  This is a subtle and sound wine.  The alcohol is listed as a precise (overly?) 13.35%.  Ready to drink now.  Rating: Good.  Abv: 13.35.  Price: $35.  Website: https://warramundaestate.com.au/.  Source: Sample.  Reviewed: May 2020.

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Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Rosé 2018

This is a sound pinot noir rosé from Warramunda Estate in the Yarra Valley. It opens to aromas of spice and red fruits. The palate is between medium and full bodied and the finish dry. Ready to drink. Rating: Good. Abv: NA. Price: $28. Website: warramundaestate.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.

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Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Syrah 2018

This is a very attractive expression of cool climate syrah from the Yarra Valley and Warramunda Estate. It reminds of red fruits and pepper, supported by soft tannins and is ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $35. Website: https://warramundaestate.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.

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Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Pinot Noir 2018

From Coldstream in the Yarra Valley, this very fragrant pinot noir reminds of red fruits and spice. Medium bodied and reasonable length on the finish, this is a typical style of Yarra Valley Pinot noir and is ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $35. Website: https://warramundaestate.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.

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Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Malbec 2018

I can’t recall tasting a single variety malbec from the Yarra Valley. It’s a good example. In the glass, there is a flinty, red fruited aroma. The palate has high acidity and firmish tannins. Suitable for drinking now and over the next few years. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $35. Website: https://warramundaestate.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.

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Innocent Bystander Arneis Yarra Valley 2019

From Innocent Bystander in the Yarra Valley, this is a sound arneis from the 2019 vintage. Its aroma is floral and herbal. The palate is somewhat neutral with modest acidity. This will suit current drinking. Rating: Acceptable. Abv: n/a. Price: $25. Website: http://www.innocentbystander.com.au. Reviewed: January 2020.

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Punt Road Gamay Yarra Valley 2018

There aren’t too many gamays in Australia, but the climate suits it in the Yarra Valley. From Punt Road Wines, this gamay is fashioned in a varietally correct style and has enjoyable aromas and flavours of raspberries and fresh red fruits, rounded by 9 months in old oak. Ready to drink now, this is a lovely medium bodied gamay with immediate appeal. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $20s. Website: https://puntroadwines.com.au. Reviewed: December 2019.

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Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Innocent Bystander are a very good producer in the Yarra Valley in Victoria. This wine is a dry pinot noir based rosé, and has a restrained aroma of strawberries and hay. The palate is dry, medium bodied and refreshing. Ready to drink now, this is rosé is perfectly pleasant. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $18. Website: https://www.innocentbystander.com.au. Reviewed: November 2019.

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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