After years as head winemaker at Mount Mary and some of the leading luminaries of the Yarra Valley, Rob Hall knows his way around Pinot.
2014 saw Rob take the plunge with his own label, and he's never looked back. He focuses on Yarra Valley varieties - Pinot, Chardonnay and Cabernet - that can be enjoyed in their youth, but will also stand up to some mid-term cellaring.
The 2017 pinot is another lovely wine from Rob. Sourced from three major Yarra Vineyards (Harriet's in Healesville, Willowlake and Nenagh Park), it is the first ever vintage made at Rob Hall's new winery in Healesville. There's crunchy red fruits and spicy, savouriness, with enough vigour to handle a short kip in the cellar too. Great value for a 95-Pointer from Halliday.
A blend of three vineyards. Willowlake (cooler southern end of the Yarra Valley), Daniel's Hill (the warmer northern end) and Hall's parents vineyard (south of Healesville) which lies between the other two both in it’s geography and climate.
10% of the batches fermented with 100% whole bunches, typically 10 days on skins, matured in French oak (10% new).
Pure red fruit and a twig of spice, this is serious Pinot Noir yet also manages to be graceful. Fine tannins complete the package.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Hand-picked in small batches from three Lower and two Upper Yarra vineyards, most destemmed, 10% of the batches fermented with 100% whole bunches, typically 10 days on skins (a few batches for 1 month), matured in French oak (10% new). This shares its elegance with Harriet's Vineyard, and also a balanced web of spicy, savoury tannins. Rob Hall didn't miss the opportunities of the '17 vintage.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
It’s perfumed, light, succulent and just all-round good drinking, but what I really like is the zippiness of the acidity, the impression of detail, the flare of the finish and the way herb notes fan out in exaggerated form as the wine breathes. I’m not sure where Rob Hall sources his pinot noir grapes but the feel and form of this is Upper Yarra; it has that light, herbal insistence. Another 2-3 years and it should really shine.