Holm Oak Pinot Noir 2017, Tasmania, AUD $35
Wirra Wirra The Absconder Grenache 2015, McLaren Vale, AUD $70
Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015, AUD $45
Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Fleurieu Peninsula 2014, $55 Less than half the normal grape yield led to a concentrated, powerful wine with sappy, spicy complexities plus cherry, vanilla and chocolate nuances. Soft, rich and ripe, as well as undeniably pinoty. Superb wine. (13.7
Amisfield Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2012 $45 A deep, powerful, highly structured pinot, with a strong red-purple colour and concentrated, rich, ripe aromas and flavours of dark fruits and spices. It’s quite full-bodied, the structure quite imposing, demanding it be served with protein. It will
Craggy Range 2013 Aroha Pinot Noir, Martinborough $100 A selection of grapes from the mid-slope of Craggy Range’s Martinborough vineyard. A warm vintage allowed the use of 40% whole bunches in the ferment. Dense, rich wine with plum, red fruits and an interesting savoury dimension
Amisfield 2012 Pinot Noir, Central Otago $45 Pure, bright and delicately scented Pinot Noir with dark cherry, violet, wild thyme? and a subtle smoky oak character. Supple and reasonably concentrated wine with a deliciously appealing texture. Long and linear wine with cellaring potential. Score: 95 ★★★★★
Imagine three glasses of wine. The first is pale with just a shot of yellow. It’s chilled to accentuate the wine’s exuberant freshness but it’s not cold enough to suppress a pure, almost ethereal nutty flavour with floral nuances. It could be the drink of angels.
I’ve met more than my share of wine critics, winemakers, wine retailers, wine merchants and enthusiastic wine consumers. They’re all dotty about Pinot Noir. Yes, we drink Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot, Riesling and even Sauvignon Blanc if it’s a very hot day but given the opportunity to choose one last bottle of wine before we went to the guillotine it would be a Pinot Noir. In my case it would be a Felton Road 2000 Block 3 Pinot Noir … in a double-magnum.