The red stable mate of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir is the variety responsible for red Burgundy. A famously difficult variety to grow and make, Pinot Noir is the Holy Grail for Mac.
Our philosophy towards pinot is to look after the detail, keep it simple and respect the fruit. The onus is on fruit quality and balance and not on winemaking solutions or corrections. For us winemaking is an extension of the vineyard where we aim to capture the fruit expression and carry this through to bottle. We pick when the fruit is ripe but still crunchy to taste. In 2010 the Yarra Valley Pinot is a blend of fruit from Coldstream, Gruyere and Woori Yallock.view current tasting notes
Dixons Creek is the most northerly of all out vineyards, located in the broader 'lower Yarra'. As with all our lower Yarra vineyard sites, we work to protect the fruit from higher temperatures and damaging northerly winds. With compacted clay/mudstone soils and small amounts of shale, this offers much perfume and finesse with drawing tannins.view current tasting notes
Yarra Glen is a close planted east facing vineyard. The wines are always mineral and earthy due to the granite soils and cooler afternoon temperatures. This vineyard is located iin the Yarra Valley subregion of Yarra Glen. This site is low yielding and close planted with the MV6 clone. The site has an elevation of 112-140m with an easterly aspect. Soils are light grey sandy loam overlying Devonian Granite.view current tasting notes
2010 is the inaugural release of this wine and what a beauty it is! We expected that our coolest vineyard site and the last to be picked would yield a light and ethereal Pinot, how wrong we were. Yarra Junction township is located at the far eastern side of the valley to the south of Mt Toolebewong and underneath Mt Baw Baw. This site is east facing looking across to Wesburn in a sunlight rich subregion with warm days and cold nights due to the cold air coming down of Mt Baw Baw. Soils are lean grey clay and mudstone. The Pinot Noir vineyard is 30 years old with old fashioned vine spacing of 3m * 2.7 m.view current tasting notes
Located in the heart of the Yarra on Mount Mary opposite St Huberts, this is our warmest pinot vineyard. West southwest facing, this vineyard is generally our most fruit forward and obviously structured. Planted in 1999, this is MV6 on Swarzmann rootstock.view current tasting notes
Since the first release of the 2007 'Gruyere' Pinot Noir, this site (old dry grown and almost 20 years) has developed a legion of loyal followers. Displaying perfume and fragrance with earthy tones, if offers much in the early years as well as with bottle development.view current tasting notes
The Woori Yallock vineyard is owned by the Fergusons and is one of our most treasured jewels. Located in upper Yarra, this is the last pinot block we pick. Planted in 1995 on own roots at an elevation of 100-145m, this MV6 vineyard in cane pruned and only 1.3 Ha. With a southerly aspect, this is our coolest pinot site to date that also receives higher average rainfall (830mm). Grey loam on brown, gravely clay.view current tasting notes