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Review Score 98The Real Review 95Halliday 94

2020 Dalwhinnie Three Valleys Pinot Noir

The Collective Review

So, what's next for the beloved Victorian winery, Dalwhinnie?

They're heading south, to craft Tasmania's most refined and elegant Pinot, naturally.

It's safe to say that their destiny for Pinot greatness was written in the stars. While Dalwhinnie boasts a rich history of crafting enchanting reds from their Pyrenees home in Victoria, things have evolved since The Fogarty Group (known for Deep Woods, Lakes Folly & Evans & Tate) took the reins two years ago. Their reach expanded to the rugged shores of Tasmania.

The 2020 Three Valleys Pinot is a masterful blend of three unique Tasmanian parcels: Coal River for depth and brooding character, Huon Valley for a vibrant perfume, and the Derwent for tannin structure.

This wine exemplifies class and pedigree, showcasing the signature winemaking and balance the Fogarty Group is known for. Group winemaker Julian Langworthy lends his expertise, but the true star is Liam McElhinny, renowned for his mastery of Pinot. His experience in New Zealand, France, and Australia has earned him countless awards and accolades.

Minimal intervention is key in crafting this wine, allowing the vineyards' unique blend to shine. After 10 months in French Oak, it boasts notes of cranberry, bergamot, plum, Earl Grey tea, and blood orange peel. It's a showstopper, perfectly balancing fruit, tannin, and oak.

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Critic Reviews
Expert Review

A fine wine with spicy varietal fruit of strawberries, raspberries and cherries ... rich warm and sweet fruit palate with 'blonde' oak and fine tannins

Expert Review
Huon Hooke - The Real Review

Medium depth purple-red colour, very bright and youthful, the aromas are of fragrant spices and red cherries: a really beautiful bouquet. The palate follows on from there and is intense and superbly balanced, with raspberry and red licorice added to the cherry. A subtle smoky patina from oak. Fruit-sweet core, and a long, long carry: a magical pinot.

Expert Review
Tyson Stelzer - Halliday's Wine Companion

Equal parts Huon (for perfume), Derwent (for structure and poise) and Coal River (for fruit concentration) Valleys; fermented and matured separately for 10 months in large-format French oak. The Fogarty Group's foray into Tasmania has facilitated a stunning new pinot for Dalwhinnie. A seamless union of its 3 valleys, this is a beautiful rendition of the elegance of 2020, delivering accurate, graceful black and red cherry fruits, set off with silky tannins. It's delightful from the outset and will only blossom in the cellar.

Technical Attributes
Tasting Notes

Deep garnet with a crimson hue. An array of red berries, blood orange and dark cherry, this is a wine of intriguing complexity and charm. Brightly fruited on the front palate, the core of this delicious wine shows concentrated plum, cranberry and sweet bergamot flavours, woven together with mineral acidity and fine, powdered tannins.

Winemakers Note

Constant spring winds during budburst caused lower vine yields. The region experienced cooler than average temperatures over the growing season causing a longer, slower ripening period with delayed harvest dates. The driest growing season to date causing intensely concentrated fruit.  Heralding from three exceptional sites of Huon Valley, Lower Derwent Valley and Coal River Valley, each parcel of fruit was then fermented and matured separately in large format French oak for ten months prior to blending and bottling, with minimal intervention.