In Dreams Pinot Noir 2020 ~ Yarra Valley, Australia
93/100 The Wine Front (2017 vintage)
92/100 The Wine Front (2016 vintage)
94/100 - Campbell Mattinson (2016 vintage)
94/100 James Halliday (2015 vintage)
Silver - Royal Queensland Wine Show (2015 vintage)
Bronze ~ Melbourne Wine Show (2013 vintage)
James Halliday Five Star Rating (2017 vintage)
The Winemaker "On the nose there’s plums, wild strawberry, bramble bush and a hint of graphite from the whole bunch - all with an underlying character of freshly turned earth. Good concentration on the front palate, with focused drive through to the finish; the stalk influence knits the palate into a silky, seamless journey. Flavours of wild raspberry and a lick of sweet flinty oak."
The Wine Front "Wheaty, spicy, a little smoky and firm in structure, brooding even. Red fruits, light chalky texture, bony but flavoursome, drives through the mouth and finishes dry and long. Savoury style, and quite serious, yet fun to drink." (2017 vintage)
Campbell Mattinson - "Everything is in excellent order....Bright and brooding at once. Strawberries and cherries, a stewy character, integrated spice, lipstick, an all-round firmness. It’s light in colour but there’s real power here." (2016 vintage)
James Halliday "This is a very attractive pinot, made with exceptional attention to detail." (2015 vintage)
Sens Wine "The palate is inviting and pretty, with integrated fruit and silky oak tannins supporting vibrant fruit flavours and earthy spice....full of bright brambly fruits and red currents, followed by more complex savoury undernotes of sautéed mushrooms. The acidity in this wine balances the palate and suggests this wine will age well for up to 8 years." (2015 vintage)
James Halliday "Outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality"
Swiss-born head winemaker, Nina Stocker is the daughter of eminent wine scientist Dr John Stocker. Nina was born and raised in a small town on the border of the Alsace wine region in Switzerland and it was her family’s involvement in the local village vineyard which paved the way for her future career as a Winemaker.
Nina has worked vintages in McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Barolo (Italy), Rhone Valley (France), Alentejo (Portugal), and New Zealand.
In Dreams have won medals for both their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In Dreams source their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from three low yieldings, premium quality vineyards. The vineyards are predominantly from the upper Yarra Valley due to the cooler microclimate that helps them capture the elegance and finesse of this noble variety.
In Dreams are focused on allowing the vineyards to express themselves in the resulting wines using traditional winemaking techniques such as small-batch fermentation, wild yeast and the delicate use of French oak.
The Yarra Valley is a well-respected Australian wine region which occupies the eastern half of the Port Phillip viticultural zone in the diminutive state of Victoria. At complete odds with the usual, hot and dry Shiraz-growing image of Australia, Yarra Valley is best known for its bright, complex wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now produced in wine regions all over the world, including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand.
The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah.