As the fourth largest wine producer in the world, and 40% of the production being consumed within the country, Australia has no native grapes, all having being brought over initially from Spain and France. For this weekend’s icon wine of the week, available by the glass in our restaurant, our wine team have chosen a Pinot Noir.
Mount Mary is a family owned, single vineyard estate located in the heart of the Yarra Valley. The region is in the south-eastern corner of Australia, east of Melbourne in the state of Victoria. This gentle north facing slope was first planted to vines in 1972 with 18 varieties on 40 acres. The Pinot Noir vines were sourced from western Victoria in 1971.
Yarra Valley is regarded as the “Burgundy” part of Australia – it gives great results both with the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varietals.
This particular wine develops aromas of wild strawberries, cranberries and cherries as well as a hint of black truffle and forest floor.
The 16 months of oak ageing gives the wine some subtle spicy notes such as black pepper, as well as hints of liquorice and smoke.
The palate is long with a lovely rocky minerality and some velvety tannins and we would strongly recommend this beautiful wine with our pork belly course.