Tom Carson is one of the bright hopes of Australian wine. He was previously with Yering Station in the Yarra Valley, but a few years back moved to a much smaller operation in the Mornington Peninsula, Yabby Lake.
Here, he’s fashioning some superb Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Today, at a lunch held at the wonderful Ransomes Dock restaurant, we had a chance to taste his debut vintage, 2008, in the presence of the man himself.
A full report will follow. For now, all I will say is that these are some of the most significant expressions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir coming out of Australia. I was thrilled by the Block 6 Chardonnay 2008, which is taut, fresh, intense and pure. It’s one of Australia’s best three or four.
Then, the Block 2 Pinot Noir 2008 and Block 5 Pinot Noir 2008 also thrilled. Block 2 is sensational, and drinking well now, but will develop nicely over a decade. Block 5 is much more structured and backward, and will repay cellaring. These wines are peers of the world’s greatest Pinot Noirs, in my opinion. I’m really interested to see how they develop with time, and also how subsequent vintages look, as the vines get a bit of age.