This month’s tasting uploads include over 100 new-release pinot noirs, about 140 new shirazes, 55 rosés and various others – close to 500 wine reviews, which is the approximate monthly average for www.huonhooke.com.
Three 2013 Oakridge (tastings) pinots are a special highlight: these are all superb, and the best tip I can give is that while the 864 ‘reserve’ style wine at $75 is a beauty (tasting), the two Local Vineyard Series wines at half its price are near enough to inseparable from it, and hence
extraordinary value at $36 each.
The pinots include four Mac Forbes (tastings) 2013
wines, all sub-regional Yarra Valley bottlings, topped by the majestic Woori
Yallock (tasting). The five Handpicked (tastings) pinots cast their net a bit wider: Handpicked is a
negociant-style label which has recently upped its degree of commitment to the
wine industry, buying vineyards and building a winery and hiring the highly
experienced Gary Baldwin as chief winemaker. Its ‘Collection’ pinots are
regional bottlings (Tasmania – tasting, Mornington – tasting, Yarra – tasting and Central Otago – tasting) capped by
the trophy-winning Capella Vineyard Mornington Peninsula, which is a ripper (tasting).
There are also two delicious new Philippa
Farr (of the famous Geelong wine family) pinots, from Gippsland (tasting) and Mornington (tasting),
and the 2013 Farr Rising Geelong pinot (tasting), from Pip’s brother Nick Farr.
Other top-level pinots were fielded by Dry
River (Martinborough 2012 – tasting), Gembrook Hill (Yarra 2012 – tasting) and Tolpuddle (Tasmania
2013 – tasting). The surprise package of the tasting was Evans & Tate’s 2012
Porongurup pinot (tasting), a stellar wine at a head-turning price.
Yarra Yering (tasting), Stargazer (tasting), Framingham (tastings),
Narkoojee (tasting), Onannon (tastings), Bannockburn (tastings), The Crater Rim (tastings) and Tapanappa Foggy Hill (tasting) are
some of the other big-name pinots reviewed.