In a nutshell: A delicious and generously fruity Australian Pinot Noir made from grapes grown in Victoria's Yarra Valley
The lowdown: Damian North the man behind The Journey Wines doesn't have his own vineyards, but grows the fruit for his excellent wines on different sites that are ideally suited the varieties he uses. Victoria's Upper Yarra Valley, where the grapes here are grown, is well known as being among the best places in Australia for Pinot Noir. Once picked and fermented the wine gets gentle oak treatment - 25% new oak barriques were used for 9 months ageing before bottling - and this has helped retain the essential soft, juicy fruit character showing gorgeous red berry aromas, a generous mouthfilling palate and subtle spiciness. The restrained oakiness and fine tannins complement it all perfectly making an exemplary premium Pinot Noir.
When to drink: The silky elegance of this make it very versatile. Quite simply great on its own and with food make things like roast chicken, a rack of lamb and even fillet steak are very good matches.
Damian North, whose introduction to the world of wine was as a sommelier in Sydney, is the owner of Journey Wines. He considers that his wines are not only a reflection of the unque vineyard sites used, but his journey as a winemaker leading up to this.
He first studied at Chales Sturt University before moving to TarraWarra estate in the Yarra Valley. From there stint in Oregon and Western Australia's Margaret River followed before he he was able to realise his long held aim of having his own wine label.
Fruit for his exceptional wines are sourced from a selection of outstanding vineyards in the Yarra Valley and Heathcote and the wines are made at the Medhurst winery in the Yarra.