‘Delicacy and power’ – 96 Points Campbell Mattinson
The Wanderer is made by Andrew Marks who is based at his family vineyard, Gembrook Hill, in the Upper Yarra Valley.
Single vineyard wine from Yellingbo, at the Southern end of the Yarra Valley. Cane pruned MV6 clone on volcanic red soil with Nth Eastern aspect at 200m elevation.
20% whole bunches. Cold soak and fermentation in open fermenters. Selected yeast. Hand plunged. Large format oak. 30% new Damy Alliers French oak for 11 months on lees. Tasted frequently touched rarely.
“It’s firm, spicy, tangy and sure-footed but what sets it apart, or above, is the extra step up in intensity. It maintains its usual light-ish colour but the flavour impresses that bit more; driven here by impressions of cranberry and red cherry, fennel, undergrowth, orange rind and round-after-round of dry spice. The great thing about The Wanderer Upper Yarra Pinot Noir is that it’s delicate, well-powered and impressively persistent at once. Delicacy and power; there’s your combination. This 2015 is the perfect exhibit of what this wine does so well.” – 96 Points Campbell Mattinson