- BY the CASE
90pts - James Halliday
A delicious multi-award winning wine crafted using three different clones of Pinot Noir. Deep red, showing light purple tinges. The bouquet has lovely aromas of spicy red fruit & dark cherries. Juicy flavours on the palate with a vibrant acid line, fine tannins & subtle oak notes. A long & lingering finish. Pinot Noir is a very selective grape. It does not like the heat but does like the sun. It likes to be on well-drained soils so not good on flat landscapes. It likes warm days but more important, cold summer nights. It is so demanding that only a few Australian regions can aspire to produce a Pinot Noir of any pedigree. The Yarra Valley has attained that status over the decades and we have set out to support that reputation with our attention to detail and first-rate vineyard sites.
"Estate-grown, wild-fermented, matured for 9 months in French oak. A substantial pinot built around a base load of tannins." - James Halliday
2017 – Silver Medal at Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
2017 – Double Gold Medal at Melbourne International Wine Competition (2016 Vintage)
2017 – Bronze Medal at Yarra Valley Wine Show (2016 Vintage)
2017 – Bronze Medal at Sydney Royal Wine Show (2016 Vintage)
2017 – Bronze Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards (2016 Vintage)
94 Points - James Halliday
93+ Points - The Wine Front
Authoritative wine critic Jeremy Oliver recently describes South Gippsland as having the "finest Pinot Noir site in Australia". We agree! Bellvale is just kilomteres from the iconic Bass Phillip winery ('2013 Wine of the Year') & enjoys a similar - if not better- vineyard site. Compare with Bass Phillip Estate @ $120 - at less than half the price!
"Clear crimson; while all the Bellvale Pinots have precisely the same alcohol, this is distinctly firmer, presumably the consequence of more new French oak; higher acidity." - James Halliday
"It’s smoky & herbal & structured, with meat & black pepper establishing a proper foothold even as darker cherried, almost graphite-like flavours pour through....interest & quality it has in spades."- The Wine Front