The Gruyere sub-region of the Yarra Valley where Tokar Estate sits produces a more savoury, dark-fruited and structured Pinot Noir than other parts of the Yarra Valley.
In 2020, our Pinot Noir was made from the fruit of three Pinot blocks at Tokar Estate, planted in 1996, 1998 and 2000. The main difference between the blocks is the orientation, Pinot A faces West, Pinot B faces East and Pinot C faces North. The subtle differences between the blocks make a more complex and complete wine. All blocks are Pinot clone MV6 and are spur pruned on VSP trellis.
The Pinot fruit was picked in mid-March and was in the fermenters within minutes. The wine was composed of three small lots with each of the blocks fermented separately. After a cold soak, the ferments were encouraged to proceed with wild yeasts followed by a post ferment maceration to build a structure that would carry the intensity of fruit. The wine was matured in French oak hogsheads (around 25% new) for eight months where they underwent wild malolactic fermentation and remained on lees. The batches were kept separate until undergoing rigorous barrel selection shortly before bottling.
The wine is deep ruby and vibrant in appearance. The nose is lifted and bright, showing a complex mix of sour cherry, orange spray, cardamon, apple and rhubarb. On the palate, the wine is bursting with flavour with a sweet mid-palate and driven with fresh citrus-like acidity. The flavours are tangerine, cherry and milk chocolate and the tannins are fine and silky. With age, the fruit-driven palate will become more savoury with mushroom and forest floor characters coming to the fore. Best drinking now to 2028.