Byrne Merricks Pinot Noir 12pk 2016 - Vigorous Bros
Alex Byrne is a young winemaker with experience in Burgundy, South America and Australia, most recently as a winemaker at Lethbridge in Geelong.
Having made wine under his eponymous Byrne Wines label since 2011 while also working as assistant winemaker at Lethbridge, 2015 saw Alex step out on his own to focus on his myriad of personal winemaking projects. With a focus on single vineyard wines from Ballarat, and now Sunbury in Victoria, Byrne Wines produce elegant and complex Chardonnay and Pinot, which highlight the quality of their origins, and the talents of the winemaker. Not satisfied without a fun and creative outlet, Alex also partnered with friends to develop the Liquid Rock’n Roll range of wines from regional Victoria. Funky packaging, imaginative wines, the Liquid RnR philosophy is all about wines that you just want to smash. True Rock’n Roll in liquid form.
Fermented wild, 15% whole bunches, 10% new oak. This Merricks Pinot Noir is the first non-Ballarat pinot noir to be released by Byrne Wines.
An excellent pinot noir in anyone’s language. Fragrant and complex but light, juicy and flowing. The words ‘essence of pinot noir’ spring to mind. Undergrowth, garden herbs, spice and succulent red cherry/strawberry. There’s a firmness to the tannin but it’s perfectly integrated with the fruit. Lovely, lovely wine.
Campbell Mattinson- Winefront