Be seduced by these new release Victorian pinots

With the arrival of spring comes a fresh batch of new release wines from across Victoria.

We’ve selected a handful of new release pinot noirs from appellations and wineries well-known for producing distinctive, complex examples of this ethereal varietal and asked for tasting notes from the winemakers themselves.

Known for its seductive and haunting qualities, pinot noir pairs well with a range of foods like salmon and other fatty fishes through to roast chicken, duck and game and will make a nice inclusion to any picnic hamper or winery lunch this spring.

All wines can be purchased on the respective winery websites or found at independent wine retailers across Melbourne.

Farrside by Farr Pinot Noir 2015, Geelong

A balanced array of red and black fruits. Masculine and savoury with deep meaty, spicy and mineral flavours also evolving. Fresh and edgy with bucket-loads of character, this is a firm yet delicate wine with a long-textured finish.

Cannibal Creek Reserve Pinot Noir 2016, Gippsland

Aromas of violets and strawberry with characters of charcuterie and spice. The palate is elegant and intense. 30% whole bunch free run and barrel selection has created savoury layers.

Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir 2016, Macedon Ranges

Pure red fruits with a hedonistic mix of spice, earth and creamy fragrance. The palate is strong, harmonious, deliciously chewy and very long. Five years will allow this wine to relax a little and build further texture and complexity. It will live well for over a decade.

Kooyong Single Vineyard Ferrous Pinot Noir 2015, Mornington Peninsula

Energetic and focused with typical sweet, earthy beetroot aromas along with undertones of fruitcake spice and wet stones. The deep palate has power and grace, driven by a core of dark, brambly fruit. This fruit weight is cut with tight gravel-like tannin, indicating the wine will reward cellaring.

Gembrook Hill Pinot Noir 2015, Yarra Valley

We never judge a pinot by its colour up here. The wine has all the hallmarks of classic Upper Yarra, coming from the Yarra’s southernmost vineyard. A defining pink grapefruit flavour runs the length of the palate accompanied by notes of rhubarb and beetroot. Mid-palate texture ensures delicious drinking. This is a wine with great intensity while preserving elegance and style.