The Story Wines is oddly located in a drab, southern suburb of Melbourne, Australia. There we receive grapes from some fabulous Grampians and Henty vineyards, and turn them into wine. Each vintage there is a new story to tell, and each year our label changes to reflect that story. Small budgets, small vineyards, engaging subjects.

Pinot Noir Six Pack

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Pinot Noir, it’s what Victoria does so well and we hope our contributions from Whitlands, Henty and Port Campbell add to the diverse landscape of wines. 

 

This pack covers three vintages and three regions of Pinot Noir, from light and fresh to earthy and a bit more serious. Each six pack has two of the wines below.

 

A few words on the wines:

 

2019 Port Campbell Pinot Noir – minimal intervention, lightweight Pinot Noir made in tiny quantities.
2018 Whitlands Pinot Noir – whole-bunchy, high-altitude pure Pinot.
2017 R. Lane Vintners Henty Pinot Noir – volcanic Pinot, unquestionably the best wine we have made from this site.

2017 R. Lane Vintners Henty Pinot Noir × 2

The 2017 R. Lane Vintners Henty Pinot Noir is, like its 2016 younger sibling, from the Rowan’s Lane Vineyard at Warrnambool, planted on black volcanic friable ashy loam over limestone and shells and sand. The vineyard is a mix of two clones, the workhorse MV6 and the slightly earlier ripening 115. The vineyard is very free draining and produces tiny berries on tiny bunches, which we usually ferment as 100% intact whole bunches in 1000lt oak fermenters over 3 weeks with indigenous yeasts. I've trumpeted the quality of our 2017 wines for a while now, and this site revelled in the cooler year, giving lovely red fruits, Turkish delight and pink flowers which explode on the palate. it's juicy but deeply savoury at the same time. The unmistakable ashen, coal tar character we see every year is still there, but this year it's just a foil for the pure pinot fruit. Unquestionably the best wine we have made from this site, and worthy of carrying the eponym. It'll age well, but its delicious now with a short decant.

- Vine age: approx 19 years
- 13.0% alc. pH 3.54
- Total Acidity 5.9g/l
- 110 dozen produced

2018 Whitlands Pinot Noir × 2

We have made Riesling from the Croucher Vineyard at Whitlands for 5 years now, and when offered the chance to secure a little of their very cool climate Pinot Noir I jumped at the chance. A warm vintage called for a significant percentage of whole bunches I thought, so we opted for 75%. A two week maceration followed pressing and maturation in old French puncheons, for 8 months only to preserve freshness and aromatics. It is an alpine spice chest! Thyme, lavender, dried pine needles and nutmeg are immediately apparent, then the soft, red fruits flood through. Gentle stemmy grip to close. Super fragrant, super delicious. Drink now.

- Vine age 8 yrs.
- 13.5% alc.
- pH 3.65
- Total acidity 6.0g/l
- 340 dozen produced.

2019 Port Campbell Pinot Noir × 2

Minimal intervention, lightweight Pinot Noir made in tiny quantities.

After our swan song vintage of 2017, this could be titled Slight Return. The majority of the Pinot Noir has been pulled out at the Port Campbell Vineyard, but we were still able to obtain 600kg or so, translating to 2 barrels, which makes just under 50 dozen. It may well be the best Pinot we have ever made from the site though! Weighing in under 13% alcohol, it is by no means a lightweight. In fact I think it has the structure to develop well over many years.

Blue fruits, spice, signature acidity, with real drive behind it. The production of this wine required no additions of any kind - no yeasts, no enzymes, no extra acid, tannin or any of that stuff – just minimal Sulphur Dioxide. Eat your heart out naturalistas!

- Vine age 22 yrs.
- 13% alc.
- pH 3.65
- Total acidity 6.0g/l
- 50 doz produced.