“There are a lot of people crowing about the quality of the 2015 Yarra Valley vintage and when you taste this, it’s not hard to tell why.

This is an absolute belter. Hello sailor. It’s rich and deep and powerful: it’s spicy and fragrant and alive. The red cherries come drenched in plums: the tannin comes splashed with herbs. Gunmetal and smoke notes play such key roles it feels like an ensemble. $22. Buy. Drink. Rejoice.” – Campbell Mattinson

Rated: 93+ Points

Tasted: April 16

Alcohol: 13%

Price: $22

Closure: Screwcap

Drink: 2017 – 2022+

 

15 AB Pinot A4

 

“Winemaker Tim Shand sent through a range of excellent notes on his latest releases but perhaps most pertinent was this remark on the making of the Napoleone Vineyard Pinot Noir: “Mostly open fermented at 20% whole bunch, the blend also contains smaller 100% whole bunch and 100% whole berry ferment batches. I reckon the best way to approach any vintage with pinot noir is ts to try every technique known to man, leaving yourself the full artist’s palette to work with in blending when the dust settles (particularly important when making single vineyard wines). 2015 being 2015, every approach worked. So it all went in.”

Value here is about as good as it gets. We’re very lucky that the world appreciates our pinot noir but isn’t yet scrambling for it. This is meaty, peppery, laced with graphite and woodsmoke and yet it shows a power of dark, brooding, cherried fruit too. Fresh herb notes, almost into fennel root, help to highlight the wine’s layers of texture and flavour. The finish is then screwed tight-ish. At $29, it’s a rockstar.” – Campbell Mattinson

Rated: 95 Points

Tasted: April 16

Alcohol: 13.5%

Price: $29

 

01 15 Pinot A4

“Amusing narrative on the back labels of these wines. You’ll have to read them to find out: I don’t feel much like typing. This is Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris (30%). Raised in old wood, with perky faced winemaker Tim Shand offering “No finings, no acid adds, coarse filtered, SO2 only pre-bottling. Bone dry, high pH (therefore best to drink cold)”. I drank it fairly warm.

I do enjoy a rosé that’s not too acidic and lays on the powdery textural stuff. This is that. Has a little funkiness, brine, subtle spice, fresh strawberry, maybe some rosy perfume. Feels smooth and fleshy, despite being a light bodied wine, with interesting flavours and texture, and maybe not the most convincing finish, but gee it makes you go back to the glass pretty quickly. Super to drink. Feels and tastes great.”

Rated 91 points – www.winefront.com.au

Airlie Bank Rose

2016 Cellar Door Awards Certificates VIC65

We won!

‘Best Tasting Experience – Yarra Valley’ category – a wonderful achievement by our wonderful Cellar Door team.