Medhurst Rose & YRB 2019 Release
The arrival of Simon Steele from Brokenwood (his loss much mourned by Brokenwood) has enhanced the already considerable reputation of Medhurst. JAMES HALLIDAY
If you aren’t already familiar with the Medhurst Wines – Yarra Valley, then perhaps the name Simon Steele will spark your interest and/or memory: Simon was previously Chief Winemaker at Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley, and prior to that: Shadowfax and Shaw & Smith. At the start of 2015 the gun winemaker joined the Medhurst team and the new releases are the strongest Medhurst wines yet. The 2019 Rose and YRB (Shiraz/Pinot blend) are perfect summer wines. Weekend BBQ’s is what I’m thinking. Stick them both in the fridge if you’re into that.. They are very agreeable wines! All fruit is hand picked and intervention is minimal. Have a look at how the wines were made (below) it’ll make you question how they’ve been able to keep them so affordable!
The Medhurst’s vineyard was established in 2000 by long-time industry professional, Ross Wilson (ex Southcorp CEO), & wife Robyn, who grew up in the Yarra. The two spent quite a few years searching for the ‘perfect’ plot of land to establish their vision. What they finally found was a favourable microclimate, north facing slopes, good drainage and magnificent aspect. The first plantings included: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
The 2019 growing season began with a later then average budburst, and led into excellent conditions for flowering and set, auguring well for an even and good sized crop. However 200mm of December rain came and created an array of growing concerns, including large dense canopies and ensuing disease pressures. All hands on deck: removing unnecessary shoots, leaves and bunches in this time and a mild dry January-March saved this wonderful crop. The resultant fruit was ripe, balanced and the wines are approachable early with good prospects for medium term cellaring. An excellent season of ripe, fresh flavours and understated power.