Will Taylor Wines


2002 Yarra Valley Geelong Pinot Noir

Our growers in Diamond Valley, Woori Yallock and Geelong produced excellent fruit for us again.  As a result, we have another complex Pinot Noir with a bit of attitude.  The Geelong component gives the wine structure, whereas the Yarra Valley parcels provide the lovely cherry fruit that is the Yarra’s hallmark.

Dark red.  Black cherries, mocha and violets on the nose.  Fruity mid-palate followed by tannin brushing the roof of the mouth and squeezing the gums.  The flavours are of cherry fruits, dark chocolate and red meat with some charry oak.  The finish is long.  Loves air, so should be decanted.  Drinking really well now, but will develop further complexity with 4 or 5 years bottle age.  Brilliant with duck, especially the way the Chinese do it, and can handle some spice (eg red duck curry).

The WinePinot Noir
Harvest DateBetween 31 March and 17 April 2002
Bottling Date21 August 2003
Oak18 months in French oak - 33.3% in new, 66.6% in 4-5 year old
Altitude80-120 metres
SoilSandy loams
Average rainfallBetween 540 and 910 mm
Sunshine hours per dayBetween 7.4 and 7.8
Heat Degrees DaysBetween 1470 and 1490