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Wedgetail Estate

www.wedgetail.com.au

40 Hildlebrand Rd, Cottles Bridge, 3099

Cellar Door: Weekends and public holidays (12-5), closed from 25 Dec - Australia Day weekend

Ph: (03) 9714 8661

Wedgetail Estate
Wedgetail Estate in October

The first Pinot Noir vines were planted at Wedgetail Estate in 1994 but owners, Guy Lamothe (a Canadian-born photographer) and Dena Ashbolt began making wine in their Carlton home in the 1980s. The steep slopes around Cottles Bridge in the Diamond Valley attracted their attention while on a Sunday drive.

While the vines were growing Guy did a wine-growing course at Charles Sturt University and later some practical experience in the Yarra Valley at Tarrawarra and also in Burgundy. The Burgundy influence is evident in the clear varietal expression of the Pinots, unlike the liqueured cherry style common in the Diamond Valley side of the Yarra Valley.

The soil profile constitutes a clay loam top soil with 30% gravel over a yellow clay of around 800 mm in depth sitting on a soft sedimentary mod stone.

The Pinot comes at three levels: Reserve, Single Vineyard and the Par 3 (it takes it name from the one hole golf course at the bottom of the estate).

There is also a Chardonnay, the 'North Face' Cabernet Merlot, a Sauvignon Blanc, a Shiraz - and the last time I visited they were trialing a Rose from the cellar door.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Wedgetail Reserve Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, the best Pinot I have tasted so far from the winery, perfumed, long, ethereal and light-medium bodied with a tapestry of red fruits including strawberry, red cherry and redcurrant with lively and twitchy acidity, silky with some brown spices spice, autumn leaves, anise and restrained cedar-vanilla oak, as with really good Pinot every sip of the glass leads to new descriptors (****1/2)

Wedgetail Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, fairly opulent and creamy nectarine and melon with fig and butterscotch notes, some savoury and nutty lees inputs, has a minerally backbone and fresh grapefruit acids (****)

Wedgetail Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, spicy, vibrant entry leads into light-medium bodied with red cherry and black cherry with anise and forest floor notes, fresh stemmy acids with discrete vanilla-cedar oak (***1/2)

Wedgetail Single Block Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, thick extract showing tarry blackberry and glazed black cherry with liquorice, pepper, cinnamon and savoury roast meat notes, glycerolly palate, finely powdered tannins, spicy cedar-vanilla from the French oak (***1/2)

Wedgetail Estate Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: April 2008, complex white peach, melon, citrus and fig, creamy with grilled nut aspects, lingering minerally finish is seamlessly integrated with the oak (****)

Wedgetail Estate North Face Single Vineyard Cabernet Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, blend of Cab Sav, Cab Franc and Merlot, fairly vibrant blackcurrant, black cherry with a touch of raspberry, medium-full bodied mint/menthol features, medium bodied layered palate with some firm but savoury tannins running through the palate, slightly charry mocha-vanilla oak in a support role (****)

Wedgetail Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, ripe dark plum and red cherry with mint and spice notes, the earthy and savoury palate is medium bodied, charry mocha-vanilla oak, fine tannins (***1/2)

Wedgetail Estate Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, wild yeast ferment, bright fruit-driven Burgundian style showing clear varietal expression of black cherry and plum with subtle forest floor and spice, there is some oak there but it is very much in the background, silky tannins (****)

Wedgetail Estate North Face Single Vineyard Cabernet Merlot 2003

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, Blend of 70% Cab Sav, 25% Cab Franc, 5% Merlot, ripe blackcurrant and black cherry with mint/menthol features, medium bodied layered palate is quite savoury and framed with slightly charry mocha-vanilla oak, some mid-palate pepper, balanced tannins (****)

Wedgetail Estate Single Block Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, 50% new oak, spicy but well defined plum and black cherry with violet notes, earthy medium bodied palate is supported by charry mocha-vanilla oak, slightly hot finish but well balanced tannins (****)

Wedgetail Estate Par 3 Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, partly sourced from the Adelaide Hills, fresh and bright red cherry and plum, clear varietal expression with some pepper and clove complexity, chocolate features on the finish, smooth tannins, very quaffable for the price (***1/2)

Wedegetail Estate Chardonnay 2003

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, warm vintage fruit driven-style showing melon and tropical fruit nose, some stonefruit crispness also evident on the creamy palate, subtle cashew barrel ferment (***)

Wedgetail Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, partly sourced from Adelaide Hills, aromatic passionfruit and citrus with light grassy features, dry tingly finish, 10% barrel ferment (***)