Caledonia Australis Pinot Noir 2012 (12 x 750mL), Gippsland, VIC.

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Lots of factors make working with Gippsland fruit interesting, and this year was no exception. This year we had shorter skin contact times than usual, mostly due to the very intense nature of the fruit tannins.

The fruit was destemed and crushed but it became increasingly evident that the phenolic structure of the fruit was delicate and the downside risk of extracting greener tannins had to managed. As usual the ferments were allowed to begin naturally but we made more effort this year to work the skins whilst trying to keep the ferment temperatures low. This had the desired effect and minimal green tannins were extracted and the ripe tannins we did extract were fine grained and grippy. Again, we were forced to deviate from our preferred approach and the wine was racked on multiple occasions prior to filtration and bottling. This year we bottled a small amount without any filtration at all. Please contact us, if you are interested in ordering this wine.

VIC - Other Victorian

Expert Reviews

Pale ruby with a hint of purple to the color, the 2012 Pinot Noir offers an attractive nose of ripe strawberries and cranberries with touches of lavender, violets and underbrush. Light-bodied and elegantly fruited in the mouth, it is structured by a low level of very finely grained, silky tannins and a crisp backbone of uplifting acid before finishing with great poise. Drink it now to 2017+. 90+ Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate #201

Winery Tasting Notes


Bright ruby with a light purply/watermelon coloured hue


Lifted aromas of pomegranate, red cherries, roses and turkish delight mingle with exotic foresty notes of cinnamon and bracken.


On the palate it becomes plain how young this wine is. Tannins and acid are tightly wound together and the finish is firm and grippy. There are also citrus peel notes and other darker fruits present, but the wine needs time to unfurl and soften.

VIC - Other Victorian
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

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Inspired by a landscape that reminded him of his beloved Scotland, explorer and squatter Angus McMillan was so moved by his first view of eastern Victoria from Mount Macleod in 1839, that he "...named it at the moment Caledonia Australis". Caledonia, an old name for Scotland, and Australis, meaning southern is the region now known as Gippsland. Today certain privileged vineyard sites around the Gippsland town of Leongatha are proving to have the terroir essential for producing high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.

Caledonia Australis was the vision of a group of wine enthusiasts in the early 1990s to create quality Burgundian style wines, assisted by our talented wine maker and Master of Wine, Martin Williams, who shares this vision. Our approach to winemaking is true to Burgundy style. We seek the natural expression of regionality to produce wines that faithfully reflect our vineyards strengths and uniqueness. We embrace the principles of minimal winemaking intervention, applying contemporary technology as appropriate to achieve similar or superior results to traditional techniques. The results are wines of classic style and outstanding quality.

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