Will Taylor Wines


2003 Yarra Valley Geelong Pinot Noir

Our growers in Diamond Valley, Woori Yallock and Geelong produced very good fruit for us again.  A high level of ripeness was achieved this vintage, resulting in a big, complex Pinot.  It looks a bit like our 2000, which was also a ripe, full‑bodied wine.  Again, 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 hue.  Dark, brooding nose, with black cherry notes.  Full‑bodied Pinot, with nice dark fruit, but with a savoury finish.  Nice alcohol lift.  A hint of celeriac on the nose.  Will develop further complexity and be at its best in 4 or 5 years’ time.  As always, brilliant with duck, especially the way the Chinese do it.  We also love to drink it with Asian food (red duck curry is perfect).

The WinePinot Noir
Harvest Date24 March - 4 April 2003
Bottling Date27 August 2004
Oak18 months in French oak – 1/3 new, 2/3 in 4-5 year old
AltitudeThree vineyards ranging from 80-120 m
SoilSandy loams
Average rainfallFrom 540 to 910 mm
Sunshine hours per day7.4 - 7.8
Heat Degrees Days1470 - 1490