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2019 Long Walk Pinot Noir

2019 Long Walk Pinot Noir

Distinctly Yarra Valley, it’s earthy, it’s gamey, our 2019 isn't a pretty Pinot Noir. One of our finest achievements is that we take the unique characteristics of the ‘terroir’ that the Yarra provides, and we bottle it. It’s all here waiting for you to discover and enjoy.

  • About

    The Helen’s Hill 'Long Walk' Pinot Noir is made primarily from the largest block of Pinot Noir we have on the property. Each of the 120 rows are 520 metres long. So, when it comes times to pull on the boots and venture out into the Pinot block you know you are in for a seriously long walk. We love to spend our days out there in the ‘long walk’ block, getting our hands dirty and wearing out the soles of our blundstones. Speaking of getting down and dirty, that’s what you can expect when you taste the Long Walk Pinot Noir. Distinctly Yarra Valley, it’s earthy, it’s gamey, it’s certainly not a pretty Pinot Noir. One of our finest achievements is that we take the unique characteristics of the ‘terroir’ that the Yarra provides, and we bottle it. It’s all here waiting for you to discover and enjoy.

  • Winemakers Notes

    Comprising four clones, all from old vines, the fruit is destemmed but not crushed for whole berry fermentation in open top fermenters with 8-10 days on skins. Pressed, settled and racked to French barriques (30% new) for 11 months, held on fine lees without racking until they are racked for bottling.

  • Vintage Report

    Moderate rainfall in winter led into above average temperatures and a very successful flowering period of October and November. Generous rainfall throughout spring, along with warm spring temperatures, led to good yields. Flowering conditions were nigh on perfect and these conditions followed through into fruit set (early January). Warm but not extreme temperatures continued into summer and meant an early start to harvest. A dry March, with cool overnight temperatures, kept disease pressure low and allowed grapes to retain excellent natural acidity.

  • Tasting Note

    This Pinot Noir has highly aromatic bouquet with spicy plum aromas leading into a medium-bodied palate with savoury nuances providing a counterpoint to the plummy fruit. The balance and the length cannot be faulted in a wine that does full justice to a great vintage for Pinot Noir in the Yarra Valley.

  • Color

    Ruby Red

  • Aroma

    Plums and Spices

  • Palate

    Dark cherry, earthy tones, subtle tannins

  • Packing

    12 bottles per pack

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