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Showing posts with label Pinot Noir. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pinot Noir. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2014 Giant Steps 'Applejack Vineyard' Pinot Noir

Giant steps produces to excellent single vineyards each year. This one from the Applejack vineyard, located in the upper Yarra Valley, distinctive for it's altitude, cool climate and red volcanic loam.

The 60% of the grapes that were left as whole bunches during ferment definitely make themselves known, but don't overwhelm. I get violet, red cherry, cedar spice, and some savory earthy aromas. Fine silky tannins linger with more red cherry fruit on the palate. An elegant and interesting Pinot Noir.

Price:      $50 RRP
Source:   Tasting
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    95
Website: www.innocentbystander.com.au

2015 De Bortoli 'Villages' Pinot Noir

Another vintage of this excellent value Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley. You can see my recent review of the 2013 vintage of this wine here.

There seems to be a bit more fresh raspberry and red fruit aromas than the 2013, perhaps associated with a bit more carbonic maceration  (a great article on this wine making technique is available here from Jamie Goode.). Just a pleasant and accessible Pinot Noir. I would have a hard time thinking of a better Australian Pinot Noir for under $20.

Price:      $17
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    94
Website: www.debortoli.com.au

Monday, December 14, 2015

2015 De Bortoli 'La Bohème Act Two' Dry Pinot Rosé‎

A consistently good dry style Rose that is easy to find. I've shared with a few friends, over Indian or Malaysian food, and heard more than once that they didn't think that they liked Rose.

Strawberrys and rosewater aromas . Soft and juicy, with just a touch of acidity to keep it lively. This is a go-to for spice heavy foods. Fresh, fun, and food friendly.

Price:      $19
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    November 2015
Rating:    92
Website: www.debortoli.com.au

2014 Farr Rising Saignee Rose

Winemaker Nick Farr allows Pinot grapes to sit on skins in the tank for 2-3 hours before he bleeds the free running juice to make this wine. He then barrel ferments at cool temperatures and allows full malo-lactic fermentation. The result? One of the most interesting and delicious Roses I've tried.

Rose petal and turkish delight, but also cherry and solid use of good quality oak. Slippery refreshing palate. This has so many of the characters I like about Pinot noir, all in a very easy drinking Rose perfect for summer. Lovc this wine.

Price:      $30
Source:   Grand Central Cellars
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    November 2015
Rating:    95
Website: www.byfarr.com.au

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2013 De Bortoli 'Villages' Pinot Noir

I'm often pleasantly surprised by the quality of wine De Bortoli are able to produce, in relatively large quantities and at very smart prices. This is certainly no exception, and a very good Pinot Noir for under $20. Blended from the 'leftovers' of the 6 different estate wines, this wine is naturally fermented with about 20 percent whole bunches.

Dark red berry fruit aromas wrapped with spicy herbal notes from the whole bunch additions. Chalky and finely textured tannins give good form and length to this wine. Just very good Yarra Valley Pinot Noir at a very good price.

Price:      $17
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    94
Website: www.debortoli.com.au

Thursday, October 8, 2015

2001 St Hubert's Pinot Noir

Bought with a group, figuring it would minimize the risk, I was surprised to find a Pinot of this age that still has some primary fruit character and structure remaining.

Opening with some soft cherry aromas, savory forest floor and mushroom like aromas soon followed. Tannins were very soft, but still there in quantity and structure holding the wine together with a touch of remaining acidity. It was definitely a pleasant surprise.

Price:      $45
Source:   Grape Therapy, Fortitude Valley
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.sthuberts.com.au/


2001 Tamar Ridge Pinot Noit

It was a bit of a gamble trying a pinot of this age, but after the '01 St Hubert, I figured the gamble could pay off.  I was wrong. Completely shot.

Taking on aromas of stewed fruit and wild honey, the acidity is out of check and there are relatively no tannins to speak of. You win some, you lose some.

Price:      $45
Source:   Grape Therapy, Fortitude Valley
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    80
Website:  www.brownbrothers.com.au

Monday, August 24, 2015

2012 Yabby Lake 'Single Vineyard' Pinot Noir

Coming from one of Australia's best viticultural and winemaking teams, Keith Harris and Tom Carson, this is a good example of just how good Victorian Pinot Noir has gotten. An excellent Aussie Pinot, I'm now super keen to get a taste of some of the single block Pinots from this vintage.

Plum and red cherry aromas with some forest floor and mushrooms. Great length on the palate, offering more purple red fruit alongside some more savory flavors. Everything I want from a Mornington Pinot Noir.

I think I may have plucked this one from the wine fridge a touch early, as I suspect it still has lots of development potential.

Price:      $55
Source:   Wine Emporium
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    96
Website:  www.yabbylake.com




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2012 Chain of Ponds 'Morning Star' Pinot Noir

Chain of Ponds are said to be the first to plant extensive vineyards in the Northern region of the Adelaide Hills, for cool climate viticulture. The best barrels from the better vineyards are generally selected for the top tier 'Morning Star' Pinot, with the remainder going into their 'Section 400' Pinot.

An earthy nose with raspberry, cherry and beetroot, are followed by some sour cherry and raspberry notes on the somewhat short palate. Tannins are a touch chalky and drying to my taste. Mellowed out a bit on day two, so probably best to give this one a good decant.

 Price:      RRP $50
Source:   Vinomofo
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    90
Website:  www.chainofponds.com.au


Monday, May 4, 2015

2012 Helen and Joey Premium Pinot Noir

The first wine I've tried from this producer. An excellent example of Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, coming from an outstanding vintage in this region. I suspect there was a fairly long maturation in new oak on this one.

Fine french oak is predominant on the nose, followed by cherry, raspberry and some spicy characters. This wine has silky fine tannins and excellent length. Well worth pondering, it benefited from some time in the decanter. It also held up very well after a few days of being open in the bottle. Likely still on an uphill trajectory and should do well in the cellar for the next several years. 

Price:      $48 RRP
Source:   VInoMofo
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.hjestate.com.au

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2014 Bird in Hand Pinot Rose

Residing in Adelaide Hills, Bird in Hand was first established in 1997 and their first vintage was released in 2001. In spite of their youth, they have been making some very solid wines and have quickly become quite successful, making many of their wines easily to find.

This time of year I love a good rose, and this one fits the bill quite well. Blushing pink  in color with a fragrant yet delicate strawberry nose. So easy to drink, offering more strawberries with a touch of citrus. A nice clean, dry rose that is not overwhelmingly fruity.  


Price:     $22
Source:  BWS
Varietal: Pinot
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   90

Monday, December 15, 2014

2013 Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir



Montalto have been making wines in the Mornington Peninsula since the mid 1990s and have several vineyards in the region. Fruit for the Pennon Hill wine has comes from the cooler south facing slope of their home vineyard in Red Hill. This wine recently won best pinot noir, best red wine, and best wine at the 2014 Victorian Wine Show.

A beautiful perfumed nose of cherry and  pomegranate, with notes of violets. Such a clean and beautiful drinking pinot with fine structured tannins and a hint of spice on the finish.

This is a great example of why I love Mornington Pinot, and an absolute steal at this price. I'll be grabbing another bottle or two of this for the cellar.

Price:     $30
Source: Wine Emporium
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasted:  December
Rating:   95
Website: www.montalto.com.au 


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2013 Vinomofo 'Duck Sauce' Pinot Noir



Retailers Vinomofo have collaborated with winemaker Steve Webber from DeBortoli, in the Yarra Valley, to produce an excellent value pinot worthy of a careful considerate tasting, but cheap and easy drinking enough to slurp back with your mates, while watching the footy.

I found this to be quite light, although it did start to open up and deliver some more fruit after a little while in the decanter. An overall delicate nose featuring aromas of strawberry and raspberry, alongside some forest floor and herbaceous notes. Somewhat thin, but precise palate with soft red berry flavors and silky tannins, balanced by excellent acidity.

I'll be buying some more of this, as I've not come across many pinots of this quality for under $20. It's only available directly from Vinomofo in six packs, however it can be purchased as part of a mixed six pack, alongside some of their other collaboration wines. A very good go to pinot to keep around the house for every day drinking.

Price:     $15
Source: Vinomofo
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   92
Website: http://vinomofo.com/

Friday, August 22, 2014

2012 Tolpuddle Pinot Noir


I came across Tolpuddle at the Tasmania Unbottled tasting in Brisbane and right away noticed that the table contained only two wines for tasting, a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  It turns out Tolpuddle have decided to stick with two wines and do them really well.  In this they have most definitely succeeded.

The vineyard was planted in the Coal River Valley in 1988 and was recently purchased by Shaw and Smith.  Tolpuddle takes it's name from a group of English convicts sent to Tasmania for forming an agricultural union.

The nose offers some ripe cherry aromas as while as some green herbaceous notes from the inclusion of some whole bunches.  A very silky pinot with very little tannin and mild acidity.  Has just the right amount of whole bunch included for my tastes and is already drinking quite well.

Price:     $75
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasted: August 2014
Rating:   95
Website: http://www.tolpuddlevineyard.com/

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2012 Austins Six Foot Six Pinot Noir

Austins have been producing pinot noir in the Geelong region of Victoria for the past 30 years.  Six Foot Six is their entry level range and takes it's name from escaped convict and local folk hero William Buckley, who settled among an indigenous tribe in the Geelong region.  William was an impressive six foot six inches tall.

This far exceeded my expectations for a $20 pinot noir.  A perfumed fruit forward nose displays hints of maraschino cherry with some earthy, savory notes.  Nice soft tannins are well integrated with a good level of acidity for drinking young.  An easy drinking great value pinot, perfect for an everyday tipple.  Share with friends and don't decant.  This wine doesn't hold up well with much oxygen.

Price:     $20
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasted: August 2014
Rating:   91
Website: http://www.austinswines.com.au/

Monday, December 30, 2013

2012 Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir

Was really impressed to find a pinot noir of this quality under $20.  The best in this price bracket that I've had the pleasure of trying this year, followed by the Holm Oak 2012 Ilex Pinot Noir.

I get cherry in the nose with some nice spice, just good classic pinot.  Tasting of wonderful red berries  on the palette, particularly raspberry, and good acidity.  I suspect this will do well over time, as even an hour in the decanter really brought out a lot..

Price:     $19
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasted: May 2014
Rating:   91
Website: http://www.hoddlescreekestate.com.au/