This is the sibling of the Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir for DML.
To recap: DML is the acronym for D’Anna, Middleton and Lewis: the three families behind this label. D’Anna represented by Franco from Hoddles Creek in the Yarra; Middleton by Sam of Mount Mary on the Mornington Peninsula and Lewis being Jordan Lewis: ex premiership AFL player who has recently fallen in love with the grape.
As per the Mornington Peninsula, this wine has sold out from DML, but please sign up to the mailing list to be made aware early of the next releases or have confidence in buying if you manage to see it on a shop shelf or a wine list.
Fruit source is from an Upper Yarra vineyard, planted in 1999 to the MV6 Clone. Same winemaking as the Mornington Peninsula: Handpicked and 100% destemmed (whole berries) and spent 14 days on skins. A combination of wild and inoculated yeasts for the fermentation and was matured in 20% new French oak.
DML, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2019
Cherry, strawberry, lacquer, hint of plump sweet raisin (not raisined or dry), touch of vanilla bean before some damp autumnal undergrowth, brown spice and saltbush. More finely boned than its sibling with an exacting lift of acidity and tighter/finer tannins. The red fruit is well judged and sits beautifully in the mid-weight spectrum. An equal to the Mornington, with the pair showcasing the two regions wonderfully.
Rating: 19/20 (95/100)
Wine sample courtesy DML Vin