2007 Yabby Lake Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula Victoria (Elsewhere $45)

SKU #1066285 96 points James Halliday

 Bright clear crimson-red; a fragrant bouquet of gently spicy berries leads into a beautifully balanced and proportioned palate, the dark berry fruits in a silky web of tannins.  (9/ 2009)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This velvety red lounges easily in the mouth as this offers cherry, mineral and pepper flavors that linger on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2012. 2,500 cases made. –HS .

K&L Notes

This wine exhibits a great depth of color. Ripe black cherry, dark forest berries and asian spice with perfumed oak aromas. The palate displays a complex array of ripe small berry characters and spicy oak. The wine has excellent density and concentration and pin point balance. But it is the texture and mouthfeel of this wine that is impressive, it rich and velvety with intense Pinot Noir fruit flavors and a powerful long, but restrained finish.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/27/2012  | Send Email
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WOW! We just got the best deal on this fantastic Mornington Peninsula Pinot. If you don't already know, Mornington Peninsula is one of 'the' premier cool climate regions in Australia. Just outside of Melbourne, surrounded by the brisk Southern Ocean this region is really at the fore front Australian cool climate viticulture. The 2007 Yabby Lake Pinot shows great purity of fruit with macerated red fruits and rose petal aromatics. On the palate the fruit is rich and concentrated but very elegantly structured, fine, silky but persistent tannins. A fresh, bright acid make this wine one of impeccable balance and finesse. Unbelievable quality at 50% off the original price! This wine will make you think again about Australian Pinot and cool climate wines in general. Excellent!
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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/27/2012  | Send Email
Wow! What a pinot for $22.99! Red raspberry, red currant, black plum, blackberry and spice, with savory secondary notes that are just beginning to show. Great balance, medium acid and fine tannin, with a long, pretty finish. This wine will continue to evolve and I can't wait to witness it. A true value. Snap up as much as you possibly can!
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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/26/2012  | Send Email
Yabby Lake planted their first vinyard on the Mornington Peninsulain in the sub-region of Moorooduc in 1998 and have contined making wines of character and balance. The '07 vintage was not easy with one of the worst droughts in 100 years but resulted in but size down 30% and giving fruit with fine intensity. The nose is full of bright crunchy red fruit, plum, strawberry, earth, clove, pepper and a hint of forest floor. On the palate, some meaty notes come into play with good balancing acidity and a frame of fine tannins around the core of fruit. This is a top notch example of Mornington Peninsula Pinot for a song.

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 9/8/2012 
Nice ruby-red color that I would expect from a new world PN. The nose has really mellowed since opening this close to 1 hour ago. I'm picking up strawberries, cloves & a hint of mushroom. Lots of juicy red fruits with only a touch of oak spice & cinnamon. It's great to see a New World region making a PN at 13.5%. You can truly appreciate the fruit & medium structure to this wine without being hit by a wallop of alcohol!

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Victoria

Alcohol Content (%): 14