Pinot! Pinot! Pinot!
This pack is a tour of the wonderful grape of pinot noir, not every body likes this grape but the officinardo’s that do can’t get enough of it. I put the together a pack to give you a short tour of Australian Pinot from different regions and small producers, then thrown in a great little entry level (if you could say that, price wise anyway) from Burgundy and a smart pinot from the high country in Argentina.
Patriarche Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2012
I like this wine as it is textbook Pinot Noir; full of ripe red fruit, nice spice with a hint of vanilla, and being burgundian, it’s light in body and colour. It’s not going to have the weight you’ll see in the other Pinots in the pack, but it’s very true to the variety and the style of region. It’s made by one of the oldest producers in the region and is their entry level (if you could say that) of the Bourgogne pinots - damn good value for money.
Bellbrae Longboard Pinot Noir 2014
I only just tasted this wine under a month ago and was impressed with just how good it was - In fact all the Bellbrae wines were good! Bellbrae is situated just south of Torquay, Victoria (Geelong Wine Region) and is smack bang at the start of the Great Ocean Rd. Just across the way is the famous Bell’s Beach, hence the reference to surfing on the label – Longboard. A small producer focusing on varieties that work in the region and you will definitely see that in the style and regional nuances. The wine itself is a great example of cool to cold/climate Pinot, very elegant, massive whiff of red fruits on the nose, yes this is Pinot!!! Palate has weight and depth, but well balanced, full of red fruits and combined with fine grain tannins and subtle hints of the French Oak. Great wine one of best I tried this year.
Trapiche Broquel Pinot Noir 2012
Been a big fan of Argentinian Pinots for some time now. I was introduced to them many years ago and when I think of where the vineyards are at the base of the Andes, it makes sense that some good Pinot should come from there. The fruit is grown in Mendoza, specifically Uco Valley of which is 1150m above see level. It’s a single vineyard wine, quite expressive with more of a black fruit or sweet cherry aromas with a nice hint of spice. Palate is quite intense again with black fruit, spice, and nice tannin structure and a little more complex. Good example and shows regional influences on the variety.
Knight Granite Hills Pinot Noir 2011
Great little wine from a great little winery, I recently revisited them in the Macedon Ranges and was impressed by all the wines and the way they go about making them through traditional small batch fermentation and small barrel oak maturation – Handmade. This wine shows more savory notes, possibly because it’s got extra years on it compared to the other wines in the pack, its lighter bodied, but full of red fruits, nice intensity, great hint of spice with well balanced tannins and just love the acidity that is long but subtle. Drink now, but this wine should age well.
Long Rail Gully Pinot Noir 2014
So, we are in the Canberra District now - another cool to cold region not quite alpine but getting there! It is interesting to see more darker cherry like aromas (i.e. like Uco Valley elevated) but a nice hint of gamey / savory notes. The Palate is intense sweet fruit, medium weight and finishes off with that great savory character. Great wine and shows another example of what we can do with Pinot in Australia.
Chartley "Black Crow" Pinot Noir 2013
Northern Tasmania now as we head to Chartley Estate which was established in 2000 by the Kossman Family. I like this wine because it's slightly different to the other Pinots, again another very small, hands-on producer. The wine again shows lots of cherries and with example of more plum like on the nose. Palate is quite richer than the other examples in the pack, dark fruits, rich and velvety, the oak is a little more charry, but doesn’t overpower the fruit. Nice style but a little different to rest of the pack.