Region: Gippsland, VIC
Variety: Pinot Noir
The Tonimbuk site is a very special place, and for a few reasons. The vineyard (pictured on the front labels) sits in amongst the sprawling granite hills of Bunyip state park that bridges the south eastern reaches of the Yarra Valley and Gippsland. There are no other vineyards or farming near the site as behind it are thousands of acres of native forest. These are very special wines and sites for me and are the culmination of a lot of arduous work. No corners have been cut anywhere in the process and I am proud to say that these wines are the epitome of “natural” wine and are a true representation of site, season and vines. No adds, no so2, no racking, and most importantly no oak, enabling these wines to truly reflect their inherent nature.
100% hand destemmed fruit into a single fermenter, cold soaked and then left for approximately 14 days after ferment begun. Pressed to stainless steel where the wine remained until bottling.
There was no movement of the tank, no racking, no pumps, no adds at any stage. The result I think speaks for itself. A truly elegant & complex wine which has beautiful cohesion and restraint. The fine mineral structure it has is very reflective of the quartz granite it has it’s roots in and the volcanic hills that surround. This is as pure as it gets. I am immensely happy with this one! – Notes from Dane