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Jamsheed Illaj Pinot Noir 2017

Jamsheed Illaj Pinot Noir2017

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Cherries, raspberries & plums dance along the palate, with a young, vibrant & light tannin structure. Organic, Biodynamic & Vegan doesn't hurt either ...

Why we love it: 

You can taste the Biodynamics in motion.

Drink with: 

Marinated Pork Shoulder.

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Tech

Country
Region
Sub-Region
Yarra Valley
Vintage
2017
Blend Info.
100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol by Vol.
11.5%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
Now - 2022
Serving Temp.
12 - 17°
Closure
Screw Cap

Producer

Jamsheed

Going from a Bachelor of Literature to winemaking may not seem like an obvious route, but it’s the one taken by Gary Mills, owner of Jamsheed in the Yarra Valley. After completing his degree, Gary moved to Japan where he worked as an English teacher, before moving back to Australia and working as a Japanese-speaking tour guide in Queensland. Gary then had an ‘epiphany’, which saw him move to Margaret River and begin working in a vineyard. Following that, he did a five-week stint at Ridge Vineyards in California; these five weeks, however, turned into two years, after which he worked in Oregon and several Australian regions. In 2003, Jamsheed was born. The name is that of an ancient Persian king who was apparently the first to make wine - by accident. Yet there is no accident with Gary’s wines. He sources his fruit from premium vineyards around Victoria, allowing him much control over the final product. Gary’s syrah-based wines have even been compared to those from the Rhône Valley in France. As an independent producer, Gary is able to do what he likes with his wines, such as several Pétilllant Naturel wines or a Sagrantino, a grape popular in Italy, which is gaining a bigger following elsewhere.

Jamsheed releases wines under three different sub-labels: Jamsheed, Harem and Park. Ma Petite Francine is made from Cabernet Franc in the style of a Beaujolais nouveau (light and fruity), but unlike the French versions, it’s made only with indigenous yeast (that is, the yeast naturally present on the grapes). Candyflip and Hippyflip are Pétilllant Naturel wines, a Rosé and Chardonnay/Riesling blend, respectively, fermented in bottle and made for easy drinking. The Jamsheed label includes a Yarra Valley Syrah ‘Seville’ from a single vineyard, delivering dark berries, fine tannins and a long finish.

For more information on Jamsheed, head to their website.

Region

Victoria

Boasting the title of ‘most diverse’ wine region in Australia, Victoria’s vintners know their wine. Despite being the smallest mainland state, Victoria boasts the most wine regions out of all the Australian states and houses a plethora of individual wineries, producing some of Australia's best Pinot Noir, Fortified wine, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sparkling Wines.

In fact, back in the 1880’s Victoria was Australia’s largest wine producer. However, outbreaks of Phylloxera (aphid like insects that inject venom into the roots of grapevines) and a focus on gold saw wine production in the state grind to a halt. In the 1970s, Victoria’s wine industry enjoyed a resurgence, led by a new generation of talented winemakers keen to take advantage of the diverse climate and soils available in the region.

The world renowned Yarra Valley wine region, is located just an hour from the state’s capital, Melbourne. The region is best known for its Pinot Noir, being that it is the most planted grape and occupies over 36% of vines in the region. The Yarra Valley boasts huge variations in elevation, climate and even soil types, allowing winemakers to be able to produce single vineyard wines that are notable for being unique to their sites.