The story of each vintage is captured in each of our releases, and the season leading to the 2020 harvest was one the winemaking team will long remember. The Yarra Valley was a relatively fortunate region: a warm December led to a wet January, with weather finally drying up in March. These cooler conditions delayed the start of vintage, and our Pinot Noir was harvested three weeks later than previous vintages. Yields were low (down 50%), but the fruit hand-picked in early March was in good condition – showing vibrant fruit characters, lower Baumé, bright acidity and fine tannins. With so little Pinot Noir to ferment from our four clones (MV6, 114, 115, 777), we released a single estate wine to express the character of Pimpernel Pinot Noir in 2020.