With 20 years and a fair few amazing wines under their belt Tarrawarra of late have kicked it up a notch. Focussing on Estate vineyards and honing the right varieties for the right site they are making some really elegant and stylish wines that are well worth your attention.
This is from a patch of vines designated and tended for the sole purpose of making Rosé. This shows in the final product that is more onion skin than pink with a savoury/mineral streak, clean finish and rose petal and strawberry aromas. Grab an oyster or 12 and a friend or two and you’ve got a wonderful afternoon.
Pinot Noir – 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.
Yarra Valley – 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.