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  • New release from this exciting vineyard run by Stuart Proud who is easily one of the best growers in the game
  • Grown on the Syme's hillside vineyard in the Yarra Valley
  • Fine and precise Yarra Pinot Noir - this is of a class well above its price point.

Tasting Notes

Colour Ruby-Red
Nose A superb Yarra Valley Pinot. Wonderfully perfumed nose of dark cherry, red berries and spices.
Palate Finely structured and precise in it's flavours - this wine is all about class. Flavours of wild cherries, jubes and nutmeg. Fine texture and an excellent hit of tannin in the mid palate.
Food Pairing Try with roast chicken or turkey
Cellaring 3-5 Years
Notes We've been watching this vineyard for the last few years and have always been convinced that amazing wine was going to come from this place. The property had great potential - this is now being realised by the work Stuart Proud has in farming this organically and with the up most care. I won't be surprised if we end up buying every future vintage to come from this site.
Variety Pinot Noir
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Yarra Valley
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Thousand Candles Vineyard
Thousand Candles is a farm in the Yarra Valley region of Victoria, the southern-most state of Australia. The farm was purchased for the purpose of producing a remarkable wine. The brief accepted by William Downie, (the Thousand Candles general manager and winemaker), was to produce wines that will change the conversation about the Australian wine industry. It is their belief that the way they farm will define their success, much more so than any processing aids or method.

The Thousand Candles purchase of the property was made in order to produce a remarkable wine.

Since they started farming, Thousand Candles have worked hard at making and applying their own compost teas brewed from biological matter found on the farm itself. By nourishing the soil the vineyard has seen a massive growth in biological activity and nutrient content; consequently, making the vines stronger and healthier.

“The nature of tending the land in this way is laborious and long hand. There are no short cuts or bullet points, but it is all intended to ensure that as little as possible is required by way of corrections in the winery.”
Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive north east of Melbourne.

The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world, and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world wine makers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production. Key wineries to look out for are Mayer, William Downie and Macforbes.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
Campbell Mattinson
Clear proof of just how good this vineyard is. It’s from a difficult year but the wine is a absolute beauty. The cream rises. It’s a bony, structured pinot, seamless in its own way but pure; nothing here feels tricked up. It feels real. A bone china style. It shows red and black cherries, garden herbs and florals but really it just feels like pinot noir, engaging, sinewy, to be taken as it is, its own world to enter into. Essentially pinot noir but nebbiolo-like too. Terrific buying in anyone’s language.

Drink : 2017 - 2024+


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