A blend of fruit off the original vineyard planted in 1988 and the Kaye vineyard planted in 2001. It's morphed into a complete and compelling wine. Fragrant with florals and warm earth. There's a depth of flavour, with dark cherries, amaro and bitter Italian herbs that slip across the fuller-bodied palate. Two key elements here; freshness within and beautiful, plush tannins. What a wine. 97 points. Jane Faulkner for James Halliday Wine Companion. Published 12 August 2021 James Suckling 96 points. A blend of de-classified Original Vineyard and Block K pinot noir, aimed at a more direct, youthful style. The nose has super clear red...
Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir 2020 [JH 95]
A gentle and supple Dixon offering charm as it opens up to red roses and rosehips, a whisper of spiced cherries and blood orange. Plenty of sweet fruit, bitter herbs and chinotto mingling on the just-mid-weighted palate, with bright acidity and furry, if fine, tannins in tow. It doesn’t have power, but it has detail. It’ll also garner more complexity in time. 95 points. Jane Faulkner Published 16 August 2022 WINERY NOTE: The 2020 Dixon spent 10 months in barrel and was bottled in mid February. This wine is a composition of sections of the original 1988 planting and the 2001 Kaye vineyard. It has a lifted nose of roses, red...
Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir 2021 [WF 94]
Wine Front 94 points. The Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir is based upon declassified grapes from the Original Vineyard planted in 1988 and grapes from the new Block K, planted in 2001. The ideal of this wine is to produce a delicious, perfumed, spicy harmonious, textured wine that is not as intense, complex nor ageworthy as our individual vineyard wines. Even when the outstanding Block K vines are older we will continue to declassify sections or barrels from each vineyard and produce this wine. The wine is fermented the same way as our other Pinot Noirs in that it is ostensibly 100% de-stemmed and gently worked in small open vats. The wine...
Dalwhinnie Three Valleys Pinot Noir Tasmania 2020 (WS 98)
Winestate Magazine, Trophy, Best in Category, 98 points. HUON HOOKE, THE REAL REVIEW 2022, 95 points. "Medium depth purple-red colour, very bright and youthful, the aromas are of fragrant spices and red cherries: a really beautiful bouquet. The palate follows on from there and is intense and superbly balanced, with raspberry and red licorice added to the cherry. A subtle smoky patina from oak. Fruit-sweet core, and a long, long carry: a magical pinot." WINEMAKING Heralding from three exceptional sites of Huon Valley, Lower Derwent Valley and Coal River Valley, each parcel of fruit was then fermented and matured separately in large...
Giant Steps Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021 [JH 97]
James Halliday Wine Companion 97 points. From the Primavera vineyard at Woori Yallock, planted in 2001 on the same red soil as Wombat Creek. Both destemmed (55%) and whole-bunch components. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. A very bright crimson purple. So pure and perfumed with briary cherries, ripe redcurrants and freshly cut roses. Poised, juicy and energetic, the wine has so much tang and crunch, you barely notice that this is also structured finishing with long, gently puckering tannins. A wine with immediate appeal, but also one that will reward at least another 7-10 years in the cellar. 97 points. Philip Rich Published 24 May 2022
Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021 [JH 96]
James Halliday Wine Companion 96 points. From the Sexton vineyard in Gruyere, planted on the same grey clay as the Applejack vineyard; 50% whole bunches and 50% destemmed. Matured 11 months in French barriques (20% new). Bottled unfined and unfiltered. A dark, deep crimson. A more robust Yarra Valley pinot with its aromas of dark cherries, black plum and a dried-earth character that makes it quite different to the other Giant Step single-vineyard pinots. Sweetly fruited, concentrated and structured on the palate, what this impressive wine doesn't have in finesse, it makes up for in power and grunt. This should still be looking good, 10,...
Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2020
Winery Notes: A strong vintage for Pinot Noir in the Yarra Valley, both upper and lower. The wines benefited from the longer hang time provided by a cool January and February, allowing flavours to fully develop. 100% Yarra Valley fruit, predominantly hand-picked Harvested Feb-March 2019 10% whole bunch fermented Hand plunged in open fermenters Combination of yeasts including indigenous fermentation Matured in French oak for 9 months, 10% of which was new 4 days of cold soaking at 10C preferment Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years
Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2021
A hero variety for the Yarra Valley and our pride and joy. A Pinot that carefully balances cerebral intrigue and pure drinking pleasure. It’s like a riot of berries laid over a bed of fine silky tannin. Jump in, you’ll love it. Region: Yarra Valley Alc/Vol: 12.5% Smells like: Blueberry, boysenberry, cherry and earthy dried spices Tastes like: Plush red cherry, hints of cola and spice and soft, silky tannins Goes with: Mushroom pizza, Jamon Serano, Pasta with duck ragu, Your best wine glass and the crackle of vinyl,
Lowestoft Best Barrels Pinot Noir 2019 (Gold)
Gold Medal, Hobart Royal Wine Show 2022. COLOUR Intense and striking colours of bright crimson. AROMA The wine has a lovely lift and evolves quickly in the glass revealing layers of dark powerful fruit but nuanced by hints of earth and red berry. Evocative and complex all at once. PALATE The palate is powerfully fruited yet reveals a super fine and juicy tannin structure. Raspberry pip tannins carry the palate long, and perfect natural acidity ensures the wine is fresh and rewards. WINEMAKING Matured in large-format French oak for ten months (35% new). The first wine produced under the Lowestoft label using fruit from Lowestoft, a nearby...
Mount Pleasant Mount Henry Syrah Pinot Noir 2018 [JH 95, WF 95]
A blend of 80% Shiraz and 20% Pinot Noir. Small production. Big heart. 95 points - Mike Bennie The Wine Front "Cor blimey, this is a wine! Such beautiful texture, vibrancy, shimmering cherry juice and cranberry tang, layers of spice, herb, a bristling line of acidity and such fine and shape-giving tannins. It’s one of those wines that feels beautiful let alone tastes delicious. Lighter weight style with all the structure. Super stuff here." Halliday Wine Companion, 95 points. The tension between tannin, acidity, savoury nuances and fruit is high. It feels as though all the components here are sitting straight and alert....
Mount Pleasant Old Hill Pinot Noir 2021 [JH 95]
This wine has been handled with kid gloves: hand picked and destemmed, 10% retained as whole bunches. Held in cold soak for three days, open fermented with thrice daily plunging; eight days on skins, then matured in French puncheons for eight months. The colour is excellent, and the abundant red fruits and superfine tannins are as good as they come. A new Hunter Valley style that challenges the idea that the Hunter is too hot for pinot noir. 95 points. James Halliday Published 14 February 2023. This rare wine is produced from the original pinot noir vines brought to Australia by James Busby.in 1833.
O'Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2018 [JH 90]
JH 90. WINERY NOTE: It all starts with the vineyard, paying careful attention to pruning and the health of the vines. Cool climate vineyards enable the vines to produce rich flavours and characters over a longer growing season. Our Pinots have never been shy in colour and the 2018 vintage is no exception - gorgeous crimson red with a hint of purple. Aromas of cranberry, lavender, violet and herbs. The plate is supple with soft tannins, leading to a long, lingering finish. Closure: Screw Cap Perfect with cold tea smoked duck!
Soumah d'Soumah Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021
WINERY NOTE: Our Pinot Noir has an attractive garnet colour and delivers a cherry and raspberry fruit profile along with savoury fleshiness. The barrel fermentation develops the rich flavour and aroma of the wine and a good portion of new barrels adding classic soft oak characters helping the overall integration of the wine. Serving the wine cool (around 15 degrees) will ensure the flavour profile which suits pairing with Mediterranean dishes, chicken, duck and light meats. ‘A savoury Pinot Noir with elegant red fruits and soft, composed length.’
Strelley Farm Estate Pinot Noir 2020
COLOUR Light garnet. AROMA Perfumed aromas of ripe plum, raspberry and dark cherry supported by subtle oak spice. PALATE Bright and juicy red fruit flavours upfront are underscored by a dense core of dark cherry and supple oak tannin. CELLARING Exceptional drinking 2023–2025. VINTAGE A very dry winter led into a wet spring, which allowed for great bud burst and canopy growth. A cool vintage with high wind saw low yields producing fruit with incredible intensity of flavour and colour. WINEMAKING A blend of 65% East Coast and 35% Coal River Valley fruit. Small parcels were fermented separately in open top fermenters with twice daily cap...
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