2015 Levantine Hill Colleen’s Paddock Pinot Noir

I haven’t met the owner of Levantine Hill, Elias Jreissati, but I have read and been told quite a bit about him.  He is a self made man who worked bloody hard to get where he is today not withstanding a bump or two along the way.  Despite all of his success, he hasn’t forgotten from where it all began for him.  Talking to those who work for him at Levantine Hill, he is a kind and genuine person and the only reason they will leave is retirement.  I don’t work at Levantine Hill but I hope to be drinking Levantine Hill wines long after I retire.

If only you could see the colour of this wine.  It is truly lovely and beautifully burgundian in appearance.  It took some swirling to get the aromas up and going but, when it showed itself, it was extremely inviting with primary red fruits, cherries and a little bit herbal and stemmy (some whole bunch maybe?).

A paragraph for the palate I think.  It is gorgeous. Plain and simple.  It’s juicy, fruity (ripe raspberries and red cherries), a touch savoury, delicious and smooth.  It’s rich and powerful yet delicate, lush and incredibly mouth-filling.   It finishes a bit dry with lovely fine tannins picking up the terrific fruit again taking it on a lengthy ride for what seems like days.

An excellent example of just how good the 2015 Yarra Valley vintage was, and of how a winemaker let it show its best.

Levantine Hill Website

Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria     Price: $200     Source: Generous Gift


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