May 24, 2016 1 Comment

I have a huge amount of respect for Campbell Mattinson.

He's a terrific communicator.  His words are measured, as are his scores out of 100.  It's why, when Campbell rates wines I tend to seek them out.

The wines of Little Yarra, a tiny Brand in Yarra Valley's dress-circle, both received 95 points from Campbell recently....which equates to 97+ for many other scribes.  Happily, Matt Pattison (owner / winemaker) sent me samples and my notes are below. 

While I cannot claim to have discovered these wines, I can confirm that I am stocking them!

2015 Little Yarra Chardonnay - $240 (6 pack)
This wines screams of its youth when poured – pale with that green tinge of “great” young chardonnay.
Aromatics are driven by white stone fruits – peaches and nectarines. I like the oak a lot but it’s just one track on the album.
There’s a “solidsy” sulfidic funk which is highly sought after – I love this, especially when understated and “clean”.
This is an extremely intense expression of the variety....linear and acid-driven, but unmistakably chardonnay.
Palate-crushing grapefruit – it’s astonishingly refreshing and demands you re-visit the wine. Energy and life leaps from it – the “cleansing” notion is over-used in the industry, but this wine sits firmly in the cold G&T category.
Even as it warms in the glass – the grapefruit holds its grip. It speaks more of  site; a cool climate; and philosophy, than it does of the Yarra Valley. I think it is sensational.

http://www.thevindependent.com.au/products/2015-little-yarra-chardonnay-6-pack


2015 Little Yarra Pinot Noir - $240 (6 pack)
I’m never inclined to go into “colour” on pinots, as looks tend to deceive.
Aromatically – where to start? Black and red cherries; teases of cinnamon and dried mixed herbs; a sapid / stalky / bunchy Campariness at play. Oak adds spice and sinew.
An almost identical story told on the palate, with the added details of sour-cherry acidity and a Volnay-esque chalkiness on the finish. The winemaking behind this is masterful. It’s compelling; it unravels in the glass; it is as complete as any young Australian Pinot Noir I've tried in the last decade.

http://www.thevindependent.com.au/products/2015-little-yarra-pinot-noir-6-pack

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Haydn Deane
Haydn Deane

May 24, 2016

Nothing flimsy there Nick! Enjoyed your writings of wines I have not yet tasted! Sound excellent!

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