Wombat Creek Vineyard is the highest altitude vineyard in the Yarra Valley, making it an ideal location for the production of extreme cool climate wines. The vineyard was originally planted in 1988 with the intention of producing base wine for sparkling production but over the years has been gradually transitioned to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for table wine.Hand-picked without additions. Picked in 2 parcels, in both cases 20% was destemmed to the base of the vat to commence a “pied de cuve” ferment.Green herb, white pepper, faint mezcal, just ripe red cherry. Palate is light, glossy, silky but defined with talc-like tannins, sour-sweet flavours, green herbs, pepper again. Strong whole bunch kind of character, refreshing, fine, tat-work-lacy, sleek.Awards:
HUON HOOKE 96 Points
This has really come out of its shell since first tasted. In hindsight, probably released too early (it was released even before the other 2020 pinots). The colour has deepened and is now the deepest of the four Yarra pinots. The bouquet explodes from the glass with rich and fruit-sweet aromas of spices and cherries, the Campari-like 'forest floor' notes from the stems adding an extra layer of complexity. It has terrific concentration as well as sublime texture. It's still quite bunchy but this has also mellowed a little with time in bottle. A very beautiful pinot. (Vineyard 410m at Gladysdale. MV6 clone, 100% whole-bunch ferment)
The Real Review, 20 November, 2021
TOP NEW RELEASE AUSTRALIAN REDS 94 Points
Fermented entirely with whole bunches which has given this a spicy and gently reductive edge to the nose with bright red cherries and strawberries and a lick of amaro-like herbs. The palate has a very soft and slightly peppery stream of red cherry and fresh crunchy texture.
Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, Oct/Nov 2021
JAMES HALLIDAY 95 Points
Lower yields and small bunches meant 20% was destemmed. Whole berries went into 1 oak vat, topped with the remaining whole bunches. Sealed for some light carbonic maceration, with a bit of foot stomping in between. Pressed to French barriques, 20% new and aged 8 months before bottled by gravity, which excited winemaker Steve Flamsteed. Snap. Crackle. Pop. This is brimming with good stuff. Highly perfumed, crunchy fruit flavours and pliable tannins. Thanks to its laser light of natural acidity, it has energy and drive. Jane Faulkner
James Halliday Wine Companion 2022, 13 August, 2021
HUON HOOKE 93 Points
Very youthful, light to medium purple/red colour; the aromas are somewhat reticent but fresh, with attractive red cherry and raspberry nuances. The weight is just medium and the flavour—while still emerging—is very appealing, and backed up by light but well-judged tannins. Quite pretty all-round. I have the feeling this is going to be more interesting with even just a few months longer in the bottle.
The Real Review, 26 February, 2021