2021 Single Vineyard Laura Barnes Pinot Noir


A special parcel of Pinot from the esteemed Laura Barnes site. This release marks the first single vineyard Pinot from this site since 2001. Laura Barnes was the first Yarra Valley vineyard bought by the proprietors of Yering Station, the Rathbone family, named after their adored grandmother. Laura Barnes wines are true to their terroir, demonstrating intensity of flavour and specific site advantage.

Earthy cherry notes and baking spices are gracefully carried by fine tannins, offering a long and textural finish.

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100% Pinot Noir
Yarra Valley

Tasting Notes

Deep red ruby.
Dark cherries and ripe strawberry fruit, plus a smoky beetroot that adds a delightfully rich, earthy tone.
A beautifully balanced and complex palate. Amazing poise between the heavy and light, fruit and the savoury elements, structured and the silk. A deeply satisfying Pinot Noir showcasing how special this particular block is.
Drinking beautifully now or cellar for the next 8 years.


Hand picked and de-steemed, whole berries were cold soaked for 4 days prior to inoculation. Fermented in open top fermenters, hand plunged twice daily then pressed to barrel. Matured in French oak for 10 months.

Professional Reviews

Such an elegant and accomplished Pinot Noir. My original score was in the early-90s, but I kept going back to the glass, and couldn’t resist. And as I returned, the score kept going up. There is so much to enjoy in this wine, each mouthful explores and finds something new to what is a lovely Pinot Noir. The mid-red colour looks brilliant in the glass. The aromas are quintessential Yarra Valley with vibrant cherry, rhubarb with a touch of savoury undergrowth and earth. It is both integrated and concentrated to taste with just a touch of tannin attitude – I like that in a Pinot. All the parts are moving in perfect unison leaving something to savour.
This is an impressive single vineyard Pinot Noir that is loaded with dark cherries and sweet strawberry notes on the nose in particular. There’s also a subtle forest floor earthiness that brings another dimension. The palate is medium to light bodied with remarkable complexity woven throughout with the support of fine oak and a chalky tannin spine.