|Our Price: $32.99 / bottle (RRP: $35.00)||Case: 12 x 750ml|
'It’s a bony, structured Pinot, seamless in its own way but pure; nothing here feels tricked up. It feels real.'
94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Ahh. Yes. For those who thought the Thousand Candles Yarra Valley winery venture had been well and truely extinguished, then this brand new release, and altogether exciting new wine has the flame flickering for just a while longer. It's a ripper. Gone is the crazy $80 a bottle Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz & Pinot Noir blend of yonder, and in its place is a beautifully boney, weighted straight Pinot Noir, with more than a nod to the great styles of Piedmonte and its most auspicious grape Nebbiolo.
It's a classic return to form - sourced from the Syme of Yarra vineyard (tended to by the awfully talented vigneron Stuart Proud who now actually takes the reigns of making the wine as well), you are lavished with rose petals, raw cacao, herbs and cherry. Its unique, unabashed and a ripper of a drink. Pinot can be challenging and diverse, but oh so rewarding when done right. This is one of those. Get on it.
The 2016 Gathering Field was made with hand picked selected parcels of fruit from our best blocks.” It was only matured in older oak – the ‘newest’ oak used was three years old, the oldest seven.
'Clear proof of just how good this vineyard is. It’s from a difficult year but the wine is a absolute beauty. The cream rises. It’s a bony, structured pinot, seamless in its own way but pure; nothing here feels tricked up. It feels real. A bone china style. It shows red and black cherries, garden herbs and florals but really it just feels like pinot noir, engaging, sinewy, to be taken as it is, its own world to enter into. Essentially pinot noir but nebbiolo-like too. Terrific buying in anyone’s language. .'
94 Points - Campbell Mattinson