2015 Mandala Matriarch Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
Mandala's cool and classy Yarra Valley red is a study in detail and finesse, with beautiful fine tannins and a long long finish.
Indeed Charles Smedley has outdone himself with this elegant Yarra Pinot - little wonder it has 96 points from James Halliday's team!
Now in its drinking prime, this is serious Pinot that combines delicacy with serious swagger.
"...Fuller-bodied yet a lovely flow to the palate..."
How's it taste?
Medium bodied, with dark red fruit and some choc vanilla hints, the palate full and red fruited, with silky fine tannins and a bright clean acidity giving the wine line and persistence into the back palate.
How was it made?
Hand-harvested and de-stemmed, the Pinot fruit was cold soaked for four days prior to inoculation with Burgundian yeast. Transferred to French oak (50% new) for 12 months maturation before bottling. 13.7% alc/vol.
Who made it?
Established by the Smedley family, Mandala Wines is a five-star James Halliday-rated Yarra Valley winery. The main site and Cellar Door at Dixon's Creek offers a full range of prized Estate wines for tasting, along with its renowned assortment of single-site wines. It was the family's favourite wines which lead them to the Yarra Valley region; Charles' love of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay plus the region's famous sublime cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, made it the perfect choice. But Mandala have also established Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot vines too. With ther sites only an hour from Melbourne, it really was the best place to unearth Mandala and make the wines they love to drink. Today Mandala is thriving within its beautiful Yarra Valley country setting, where their kids play and older ones spend time together, tell stories and enjoy the good life. The Smedley family want Mandala to be their legacy for the future generations, and to be indulged by whomever catches the wine bug.
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