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Ah, Pinot Noir. Light on its feet, yet full of flavour. Serious yet soft, complex yet approachable, and with the unmistakable ability to add refinement to any occasion. The coolest cat and hero variety for the Yarra Valley, Pinot Noir carefully balances cerebral intrigue with pure drinking pleasure.

a Yarra Valley hero

2023 Pinot Noir

The 2023 Pinot Noir embodies a delicate equilibrium between captivating intellectual depth and sheer drinking enjoyment. Upon nosing, it emanates an alluring fragrance, characterized by the enticing aromas of ripe blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, and a touch of earthy dried spices.

Blueberry, boysenberry, earthy dried spices

Plush red cherry, hints of cola, silky tannins

Mushroom pizza, pasta with duck ragu

Pinot Noir is notoriously temperamental: like a petulent child that demands TLC.

Widely regarded as the 'heartbreak grape', Pinot Noir is delicate yet intense, subtle yet bold. While it's a damn b**ch to grow, we can't help but admire its nonconformity as it dances to the beat of its own drum, refusing to be bound by silly winemaking rules. No, Pinot Noir is a maverick. Innately cool and sophisticated, leaving us weak at the knees and pining for more, well beyond the last pour.

an admission of guilt

Mea Culpa Pinot Noir

A beautifully layered, complex, and fragrant expression of Pinot Noir from historic vineyards in the Yarra Valley. Gliding across the palate like a Hitchcock movie, it exudes red fruit richness, subtle white truffle notes, and fine silky tannins.

A 5 Minute Guide to Red Wine:

Drinking wine should be fun, not intimidating. Use this guide to charm your mates, flirt with the bartender, or never doubt yourself in a bottle shop again.


Red wine is made from red grapes, and is produced by fermenting the juice of these dark-coloured beauties along with their skins, seeds, and stems.


The contact with grape skins during fermentation is what gives red wine its colour and tannins, which can vary from light ruby to dark crimson and even deep purple, depending on the variety and winemaking techniques.


Popular red grape varieties include Syrah (Shiraz), Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec, Grenache, and Tempranillo (and heaps more) each with their distinct flavours and characteristics.


Red wine is incredibly flavoursome, favouring bold red and black fruits like cherries, blackberries, and plums. It's not uncommon to also taste hints of dark chocolate alongside aromas of vanilla, tobacco, white pepper, and earthy spices.


Red wine contains tannins, which come from the grape skins and provide structure, complexity, and a slight bitterness (often resulting in the sudden puckering of the lips one might make upon first sip). Remember this word and what it means, because wine people like talk about tannins a lot.


It's no lie that red wine likes to take its time, with many varietals benefitting from aging. Aging allows the flavours and aromas to evolve and become more refined, with the influence of oak barrels adding nuances of vanilla, toast, and spices to the wine, enhancing complexity.


Red wine is typically served at room temperature or a touch cooler, depending on the varietal and personal preference. Lighter red wines like Pinot Noir or Gamay can actually be served slightly chilled, while full-bodied reds benefit from being at room temperature.

Food Pairing

Honestly, whatever gets you going. Wine is a *serious libation* designed for pure drinking pleasure. We like to serve ours with smoked meats, BBQ veg, spicy pizza, pasta, dippy bread and fancy cheese.

Jump in, you'll love it.