Domaine Chandon Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2014
Sourced from the cool climate of the Yarra Valley, Domaine Chandon Pinot Noir 2014 displays perfumed varietal aromas and a generous, complex palate. Full of character and wonderfully balanced, the 2014 vintage showcases complex fruit flavours from a very low yielding season.
Purple edges, bright with garnet hues. Lifted perfume and complex aromas of cherry kernel mix with purple flowers and hints of forest mushrooms. Red cherry and plum fruit flavours are complemented by gentle tannins. Great persistence and structure in this medium bodied red wine.
The vineyards, planted on soil types identified as being ideal for producing varietal Pinot Noir, contribute unique character and complexity to the final wine. Pinot Noir grapes are drawn from vineyards at varying elevations within the diverse Yarra Valley, from 80 metres to 400 metres above sea level. This handful of soils and aspects add further nuance to the set of flavours blended to make this wine. A range of different Pinot Noir clones come together in this composition, each adding subtle elements of complexity. Vineyards were meticulously maintained during the growing season to achieve dappled light throughout the canopy, ensuring the development of tannins and pristine varietal flavours.
The 2014 Domaine Chandon Pinot Noir was harvested when the grapes were displaying optimum flavour intensity and acid balance. Each parcel was assessed and a combination of maceration methods used to optimise aromatic and structural elements in the final wine, including whole bunch inclusion in the musts and cold prefermentation. Warm fermentation temperatures were managed in small open fermenters with daily plunging to extract colour, flavour and tannins from the fruit. Eleven months lees contact and complete malolactic fermentation took place in fine French oak barrels. Following this, the wine was clarified, blended and bottled in December 2014.
Food Pairing Notes
Figs and goats cheese; roast chicken with tarragon.
Good winter and early spring rains provided perfect conditions for strong shoot and leaf growth. As a result, fruit was protected from the summer heat. Low bunch numbers and small berry sizes have yielded concentration and complexity of flavour. Careful attention to canopy management by the viticulturist throughout the ripening period resulted in Pinot Noir grapes, harvested in March 2014, with optimum maturity.