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Wedgetail Estate

"Fusing Burgundian winemaking

                          with Yarra Valley terroir..."




Wedgetail estate wines are cool climate Yarra Valley wines, with a European influence.   They are single vineyard, hand crafted wines which ferment on natural yeast and are stored in French Oak barrels, some for up to 18 months.  

The Wedgetail winemaking style is a fusion of centuries old Burgundy tradition, the new Australian reverence for grape quality and owner/winemaker Guy Lamothe's individual flair.   All the wines are produced on site and the estate wines are all Single Vineyard wines with fruit grown under Guy's supervision.

Guy Lamothe developed his signature winemaking style from his experiences in France and Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.   He only produces as much wine as he personally can tend to and the fruit is hand picked over a long period, on a row rather than paddock basis.

"The slopes are demanding.   the land rocky and hard.   Rainfall is low so water is scarce.   These factors and the practise of dropping fruit to control yield, produces exceptional grapes.   Grapes which display intense flavours and complexity."

Guy Lamothe Winemaker and Vigneron  





Wedgetail estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

A wine picked early to avoid the heat of summer resulting in generous aromatics of cherries and plum.  The palate is full, long and persistent.  Pinot lovers should try this beauty.  The wine was made in the traditional Burgundian method of open vat fermentation with wild yeast and matured for 12 months in French Oak.  The wine stayed on lees for six months creating an elegant and seductive Pinot Noir, Great balance between fruit and savoryness.  Cellar or up to 8 years.

Technical details:    

Cropping Level: 2.5 Tones / Acre
Oak Treatment:  25% New French Oak, Burgundian Coopers, 12 months in Barrels
Alcohol: 12.5%
Ferment: Pre maceration, until ferment starts, about one week. Fermented in open vats, with indigenous yeast. No stems added back, 5% whole bunches. Left on skins one week after fermentation is fully completed. Natural Malolactic occurs slowly through spring.



Wedgetail North Face Cabernet Merlot 2010

A Cabernet blend that is beautifully balanced.  It offers up a complex nose of cigar box and dark fruit, blackcurrant, and smoky oak character.  The fruit flavors are vibrant in 09 due to good acid level and enhanced by well-designed soft tannins.  The palate is very rich but soft and elegant.  Cellar for up to 12 years.

Technical details:    

Cropping Level:1.5 Tones / Acre
Oak Treatment: 20% New French Oak, Burgundian Coopers. 18 months in Barrels.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Ferment; Pre maceration in open vats until ferment starts, about one week. Fermented in open vats, with indigenous yeast. Post fermentation skin maceration 4 weeks. Natural Malolactic occurs slowly through spring.


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