Super Fine!

Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Mornington is delivery superb Pinot's, Yabby Lake's Single Vineyard is a cracker everything in right place!

I was down at Yabby Lake picking up some barrels during the 2017 vintage.   The scent in the winery was excellent. When you smell Chardonnay barrel ferments and you smell something closer to wine that an estery ferment, it’s a clear sign things have gone well. Trying Pinot samples from a number of blocks and clones showed some serious potential. Now the wine is in bottle and head to our mouths, the Single Vineyard first and the Block wines later in the year.

The 2017 Single Block Pinot is fresh & vibrant with excellent acidity, delicacy & super fine tannins. With exceptional depth and length, right now it’s brooding in one sense and generous in others. With time this will blossom beautiful, just like the 2015 I had last night! The combination of dark and red fruits, hints of spice and layers & layers of flavour makes this one delicious drink!

Pic with Luke Lomax, member of the Yabby Lake winemaking team in the background.

$60ea in any 3+, $57ea in any 6+

In stock (can be backordered)

Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Watching the Yabby Lake wines over time we’ve seen a continual refinement of the tannins and texture, and, an increasing purity and vitality to the wines. High tech and high touch fruit handling, shifts to large format oak, the use of Cuves in the winery, greater balance in the vineyard, all contributing factors. Now starting his second decade at Yabby Lake, Tom’s experience in the Winey is a huge factor.

We filmed a great piece of fruit sorting “Winemaking Excellence – Fruit Sorting & Destemming at Yabby Lake with Tom Carson”


Our philosophy is to craft single vineyard wines of great purity and character, reflective of our site and the season in which it was grown. It’s the attention and care in the vineyard that is most critical to allowing this expression.

The 2017 vintage is a classic in the making. A mild but windy spring led into a cool summer and extended autumn. The wines are classically proportioned and destined for a long life. Clones 70% MV6 (Block 1,2,5,6) 18% G5V15 (Block 5), 12% DV24 (Block 6)


The fruit was handpicked, with each parcel handled separately in the winery. Hand sorted and carefully destemmed (Small % whole bunches – less than 5%). Each parcel went into traditional oak open fermenters. The fermentation was hand plunged up to three times per day, the temperature of the fermentation peaked at 32ºC and the wine stayed on skins for 13 – 15 days, after which the wine was pressed into tight grain French oak puncheons (500L) for malolactic fermentation and maturation (11 months in oak. 20% new). The wine was bottled in February 2018. No fining, light filtration.

Check out this Video. We look at fruit sorting, fermentation vessels, talk winemaking and more at Yabby Lake during the 2017 Vintage.

96 Points

A mix of clones, open-fermented with a small percentage of whole bunches (less than 5%), 15 days on skins, matured for 11 months in French puncheons (20% new). Bright, clear crimson; more immediately accessible than Block 6, and likely to remain so. It's floral and fragrant, with bright red fruits running smoothly like a stream, pebbles (aka tannins) on its bed in no way breaking the flow. Screwcap 13% alc. To 2029.

James Halliday

Where in the world does the magic happen?

86/112 Tuerong Rd, Tuerong VIC 3915, Australia