The "Melrose" is bright, fresh, jubey, soft and stacked with appeal. Colour is classic dark cherry with good depth, but colour don't mean squat when it comes to Pinot. The perfume on this wine is sure to please, being a mix of luscious red berries (strawberries, raspberries) and hints of cola and earth. Quite a complex bouquet for a wine so young and uncomplicated. The fruit in this vintage was simply outstanding, and this wine shows the varietal integrity and drive that good vintages deliver. On the palate, there is a harmonious balance between integrated acid and fine, powdery tannins. The mid-palate has presence and weight and the finish is persistent and flavoursome.
Spring Vale Vineyard
In October of 1826, William Lyne, his wife and five children arrived in Van Diemen's Land. Among the first of the settlers in Tasmania, the Lynes gave names to features of importance to them, such as Christmas Point, at which they arrived on Christmas Day. Early life in the area held its fair share of challenges, which the Lynes and other pioneering families rose to meet. The result is a richly interwoven history of innovation, struggle and achievement for the area. The Spring Vale vineyard is situated at Cranbrook, north of Swansea on Tasmania's East Coast. Continuing in the tradition of hard work and innovation established by William Lyne in 1826, Rodney and Lyn Lyne have planted 6.6 hectares of wine grapes at Spring Vale; the vineyard officially founded in 1986. The Lyne motto, featured on their family seal is "Aperto vivere voto." This means "to live life as an open book; to live as an honest person" also relevant to their winemaking philosophy and natural style. What you taste is achieved using grapes grown in a special part of the world.