Aussie Pinot Noir


What a great vintage 2012 is for Australian pinot noir!

I’ve uploaded 98 pinot noir tasting notes, 63 of them for 2012 vintage wines, and there are some absolute crackers. The 2012 vintage has already made history, with the first Jimmy Watson Trophy winner and runner-up both pinots this year. Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Tasmania, Adelaide Hills and other cool-climate regions have all produced spectacular results with pinot in 2012.

Coldstream Hills (tasting), Freycinet (tasting), Oakridge (tastings), Kooyong (tasting), Tapanappa Foggy Hill (tasting), Clyde Park (tastings), Felton Road (tastings) (alright, it’s a Kiwi ring-in), Ten Minutes by Tractor (tasting) and Mac Forbes (tastings)have all rated highly. There are a couple of newies from Tasmania, Stargazer (tasting) and Chatto (tasting), which also raised the eyebrows. And what’s this? Another member of the Farr family who has pinot running in her veins? It’s young Philippa Farr, and what a debut she’s made with her Gippsland 2012 wine (tasting). The two best value wines are undoubtedly De Bortoli’s Yarra Valley 2012 cheapies, Windy Peak (tasting) and Vinoque (tasting), at $14 and $18 respectively. Shockingly good value! 

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