Bellvale The Quercus Pinot Noir 2017

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Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Pinot Noir

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Bellvale The Quercus Pinot Noir 2017

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Camberwell VIC 3124

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Producer: Bellvale

Country: Australia

Region: Gippsland

Vintage: 2017

Critic Score: 93

Alcohol: 13.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2027

We’re in winning form here. Flush with fresh fruit, ripe and summery. Both complex and straight-out enjoyable. Price is beyond reasonable - Campbell Mattinson

The Quercus is the flagship pinot noir produced at Bellvale and is only made in the top vintages. Like its cheaper sibling it is is full bodied, ripe and succulent and is outstanding value for money. Sourced from a dry-grown, densely planted, single vineyard planted in the Tarwin River Valley of South Gippsland.

"The bouquet is shy and reserved, gently foresty, and it has abundant flavour and grip, the finish drying and long, with an abundance of tannins. It's very good value."  Huon Hooke

Expert reviews

"Yes. We're in winning form here. It's pushed with fruit flavour but it's lively with cool climate tang/spice/savouriness. Roots, leaves, twigs and soil but flush with fresh fruit, ripe and summery. Both complex and straight-out enjoyable. Price is beyond reasonable. Drink : 2020 - 2025+."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front – 93+ points

"Deepish red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is shy and reserved, gently foresty, and it has abundant flavour and grip, the finish drying and long, with an abundance of tannins. It's just a wee bit tough at this stage and would work better with food than without. It's very good value."  Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 92 points

About the winery 

Bellvale Wines

Bellvale was established in 1998 by owner/winemaker/viticulturalist John Ellis. The 22 hectares of vineyards are situated in the hills just north of Leongatha, in the lush Tarwin River Valley of South Gippsland. This area is generally acknowledged as one of the country's leading Pinot Noir producing regions. The vineyards are planted to Pinot Noir (14ha), Chardonnay (6ha) and Pinot Grigio (2ha). The vines are dry grown and densely planted at 7100 vines per ha with 2 metre row spacing. 

John Ellis honed his passion for fine wine and viticulture over an extensive time spent in Europe. This included many trips to Burgundy, France, during his 25-year career as a commercial pilot. He chooses to uphold the traditional methods of the premium producers in Burgundy, where vine density is high and crop load limited to sacrifice quantity for quality. "Our vines have extensive and very deep root systems, which allow the fruit to more effectively express the terroir. I agree with the French that great wine is made in the vineyard.” says John. 

Bellvale wines flavour profiles present the full expression of a vineyard tended the artisan way. Its Pinot Noir is elegant and well-structured, featuring a powerful palate of rich, ripe black fruits, with a fine oak influence. Its cool-climate chardonnay is crisper, due to higher acidity, and tightly structured, with a well defined balance between fruit, secondary characters and integrated oak. And the Pinot Grigio is weighty and flavoursome with refreshing acidity. 

Wine region map of Victoria


Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 wine regions. The regions are Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Heathcote, Henty, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Murray Darling, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, Strathbogie Ranges, Sunbury, Swan Hill, Upper Goulburn and Yarra Valley.

Victoria's first vines were planted at Yering in the Yarra Valley in 1838. By 1868 over 3,000 acres had been planted in Victoria, establishing Victoria as the premier wine State of the day. Today, the original vineyards planted at Best's Wines are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world.

Victoria's climate varies from hot and dry in the north to cool in the south and each wine region specialises in different varietals. For example, Rutherglen in the north is famous for its opulent Muscats and Topaque and bold reds, while the many cooler climate regions near Melbourne produce world class Chardonnay and pinot Noir. Victoria is truly a wine lover's playground.