Rioja Reserva, Contino
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Grape VarietyPinot Noir
StyleRipe & Juicy
Journey Wines are a reflection not only of the unique vineyard sites on which the grapes were grown, but also of the journey of winemaker Damian North.
Damian’s journey into the world of wine began working as a sommelier at landmark Sydney restaurants like the original Tetsuya’s in Rozelle and Pier at Rose Bay. Deciding that his future lay in the intriguing world of wine, he studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University and moved to the Yarra Valley where he spent a number of years as assistant winemaker at TarraWarra Estate.
The 2014 Journey Wines, Yarra Valley Pinot Noir possesses a bright and sparkling ruby red appearance. The nose is a vibrant bouquet of cherries, raspberries and subtle spice. The palate displays incredible fresh red fruits whilst at the same time showing the concentrated flavours typical of a low yielding season.
The hue is bright and full, the red plum fruit aromas gaining considerable pace and drive on the impressively long palate; the whole bunch component has given the wine a savoury dressing that is a perfect foil for fruit and spice to come with more age. I really like this. 12.5% alc.
95 points. Cellaring - 2028. Halliday Magazine, Dec/Jan 2016.