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Whitebox Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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2012 Whitebox Yarra Valley Pinot Noir


The 2012 season began with great promise. Decent rainfall in November and December encouraged strong vine growth, and it appeared that a healthy crop was on its way.  In mid-January, conditions began to deteriorate with dramatic results. A climax was reached in late January through to early February.  Three days of temperatures in the mid 40’s were followed by the big one:- Black Saturday, the 7th of February.  Savage winds and extreme heat decimated pockets of the vineyard, however a limited quantity of high quality fruit was harvested, particularly from whites and early ripening reds such as Pinot Noir.


Fruit for this wine was picked at optimum ripeness and then crushed and transferred into traditional small open fermenters. The wine was pressed off early to avoid harsh, bitter tannins and accentuate the soft, velvety nature of the variety. Malo-lactic fermentation and maturation followed in French oak barriques and temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.


The brilliant-hued, ruby-tinted 2012 Whitebox Yarra Valley Pinot noir showcases the perfect pairing of variety and region.  The nose shows intense aromas of alpine strawberry and violets, with a hint of gamey complexity.  Typical varietal plum and berry fruit flavours lead into a harmonious palate displaying velvety tannin, well-integrated French oak and a lingering aftertaste.


Whitebox wines are fashioned with respect to terroir and tradition. Drinking well now, this wine will continue to develop in the bottle for many years to come.


This wine is a perfect accompaniment to a wide range of dishes. It matches beautifully with dishes containing poultry, veal, pork, lamb or mushrooms – such as Peking duck, mushroom risotto, cassoulet, or even barbequed pork sausages and lamb chops.