The Gathering Fields range is quite impressive. But I feel like the Pinot is a stand out. Still quite young, but that perfume is unforgettable. A little on the lean side at first, it certainly opens up and will build weight with time. It is for anyone who loves Australian Pinot.
Gathering Fields is a re-imagining of the vineyards that made the infamous Thousand Candles wine. Thousand Candles caused quite a stir after its release. It is certainly a departure from traditional Australian wine making but one that has pushed the boundaries. The re-imagined wines are hands off, single varietal wines where all the effort goes into the vineyard. When the grapes come into the winery, it is then just a matter of retaining that amazing energy and flavour.
“There is a hill that looks over our farm. It’s the highest point and, to a degree, the centre of the property. The south side is steep and home to tall mountain ash and candle bark, tree ferns and moss-overed fallen limbs (we think they look like giant, ancient wishbones). The earth is damp and sweet and full of life. To the north, the gentle slope is covered with tea tree and manna gum, and looks to the surrounding mountains. The warm air moves quickly here, and the light is bright and full of promise.”
Ideally, I’d leave it for at least 6-12 months. But if you drink it now give it time in the glass to open up.
Seafood, semi-hard cheeses. I would even go duck with this Pinot.
A region that is just too big to generalise about. The difference between Upper and Lower Yarra can be the ability to ripen some grapes or not. Great wines are made in the Yarra but it is best to know the producers.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.