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Jane Eyre Gippsland Pinot Noir 2016

Jane Eyre Gippsland Pinot Noir2016

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Initially reserved, time in the glass opens aromas of blackberries, plum and spice. Sweet fruit, balanced by spices and savoury flavours. The wine has a fresh acidity and finishes with fine, chewy tannins.

Why we love it: 

Jane Eyre's Burgundian influence.

Drink with: 

Mushroom stroganoff.

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Tech

Country
Region
Sub-Region
Gippsland
Vintage
2016
Blend Info.
100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol by Vol.
14%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
Now - 2020
Serving Temp.
12 - 17°C
Closure
Screw Cap

Producer

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is not only the name of the heroine from Charlotte Brontë’s famous novel, but also that of a Melbourne-born former hairdresser who moved to Burgundy in order to follow her dream of making high-quality Pinot Noir. Jane made her first trip to the region in 1998, and between 1999 and 2003, she split her time between France and Australia, flying back home in between vintages. In 2004 she left Australia again, with the plan of only staying for three months, but that time ballooned out immensely. Jane now works as an assistant winemaker at Domaine Newman in Beaune, Burgundy, while also producing her own label, from fruit she purchases from growers (otherwise known as a ‘négociant’ in French, or ‘virtual winemaker’ in other climes). Jane also comes back to Australia to make wine, using William Downie’s winery in Gippsland, from fruit grown there, in the Yarra Valley, Fleurieu and Mornington Peninsulas. Given that she is located in Burgundy, most of the time, it’s no surprise to discover that her main focus is Pinot Noir.

Jane Eyre produces mostly Pinot Noir, such as Volnay, Gevrey-Chambertin and Savigny-Lés-Beaune. The Gippsland Pinot Noir is quite austere but opens up after breathing for a while, revealing blackberries, plums and spice. The Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir is sourced from two vineyards, with 20% whole-bunch, and is darker than the Gippsland, with lots of raspberry and cherry on the nose. As for the Jane Eyre wines from Burgundy, there are simply too many to choose from, though many are rated highly by some of the world’s best critics.

Jane Eyre doesn’t have an official website, but you can find out more about the wines here.

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.