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27 Jul

Time To Celebrate Pinot Noir

By: Justine Teal Categories: Wines

A year from the last one, a year to the next one.

It’s finally Pinot Noir Day!

The smooth talker of wines, swirls through your palate with a seductive dance of red fruit flavors.

Leaving your taste buds smitten and longing for an encore! Sip it, savour it, and let this grapey diva set the stage for an unforgettable wine affair.

Our Pinot Noir Wines

2019 Castel Firmian Pinot Nero

92 pts – Patrick Eckel (Wine Reviewer)

A light red with aromatics of morello cherry and faint earth. Light to medium bodied with pure red cherry and cranberry fruit, tannins are firm but superfine and give a softly bitter contrast, lovely lines of acidity and vibrant red fruits to finish. A great example of the variety.

2022 Silkwood ‘The Bowers’ Pinot Noir

93 pts – Kim Brebach (BWU20)

The vintage is a lottery, but the 2021 is very similar in style. The 2022 is a seductive Pinot, so young but so velvet soft, and it hits all the right notes, from ripe raspberries to gentle forest floor notes. Not complex but high on sex appeal.

2020 Mt Bera ‘Wild and Free’ Pinot Noir

91 pts – Ken Gargett (Wine Pilot)

From the Adelaide Hills region, which has proved itself to be one of the best on the mainland for Pinot Noir, this wine has a lovely bright crimson/garnet hue. The nose is from the more rustic and fungal end of the spectrum; a bit of the wild child here. Those who enjoy some mushroom, brambles and animal notes in their Pinot will love this. Good complexity is displayed by dry herb notes, spices, leather and cloves, with warm earth and raspberries with better than medium length. Better in two to three years and then will more than hold for the following half dozen.

2022 Harewood Estate Denmark Pinot Noir

92 pts – Ken Gargett (Wine Pilot)

One of the bigger surprises in the wine world in recent years has been just how many good Pinots are coming out of Western Australia, and Harewood Estate has certainly given us their fair share. This is made with fruit grown in the Denmark sub-region in the Great Southern, from a mix of clones. There are two vineyards which contribute – one planted in 1988 and the other in 1995 – so older vines are certainly contributing. The wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined. An attractive pale purple, the aromas are instantly alluring – plums, dry herbs, mulberries, red berries and an intriguing touch of truffle. 

2018 Dominique Roger Domaine du Carrou Sancerre Rouge

90 pts – Patrick Eckel, Wine Reviewer

A medium but vibrant red in the glass. A nose of black cherry, bramble and some charcuterie notes. The palate has an initial crunch and texture that shows a more serious side as the wines mineral, layered impact builds across the palate. Fruit tends more black than red, with an undercurrent of crushed herbs and smoke; tannins are fine but have impact, with acidity giving drive and length.

2022 Apricus Hill Pinot Noir

92 pts – Ken Gargett (Wine Pilot)

From a single vineyard in the Denmark region of Western Australia, the grapes were fermented in one-tonne parcels with twice daily plunging before ten months in new and seasoned French oak. A crimson/purple colour, the aroma is of fresh strawberries and gentle raspberries, some brambles and animal skins. As attractive as the nose is, the wine really steps up on the palate. A supple, slippery and very slurpable texture, through to silky tannins. There is then good balance, impressive length and a gentle fade to finish. Drink over the next three to five years.

2021 HentyFarm Pinot Noir

91 pts – Michael Frost (National Liquor News)

Earthy fennel on the nose. Elegant and balanced fruit with a savoury palate. Very nice.

2017 Bourgogne Côte d’Or Pinot Noir

This wine associates true fruit freshness with delicate tannins. The nose offers aromas of fresh red berries …. The mouth is structured, expressive and asks to be drunk!

2022 Deep Down Pinot Noir

94 pts – Patrick Eckel (Wine Reviewer)

A youthful red to purple in terms of colour, the nose has black cherry and plum fruit with some violets and graphite in the fold. The palate is medium bodied with a continuation of black cherry, tannins take on a black tea like character with just enough fruit derived spice to give a veneer of richness on the mid palate. There is great balance to finish with fruit, acid and oak all meshing well. An incredibly young wine in the context of how well this should age. Hold a year or two before opening your first!

2020 Becker Landgraf ‘Gau-Odernheimer’ Pinot Noir (unfiltered)

93 pts – Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

Medium-full red with a good rim of purple; the aromas are dark cherry to plum, with some vanilla/chocolate nuances, while the flavours are of medium intensity and very attractive, with some mellowness starting up while the tannins are quite ample and add a touch of firmness that lasts. Very good wine, with the structure to handle flavoursome food.

2019 Nuiton Beaunoy ‘Maranges’ Rouge

92 pts – Ken Gargett (Wine Pilot)

From the Côte de Beaune region in Burgundy, this offers good buying for a wine from the illustrious golden slopes. Purple/magenta in hue, the nose is bursting with big bold black cherries. There are also notes of plums, milk chocolate, mulberries, licorice, black fruits and well-integrated oak. Hints of sour cherries emerge on the palate, especially towards the finish, with juicy acidity. Surprisingly long, I like this a lot and it is a joy to drink now and any time over the next three to five years.

2019 Nuiton-Beaunoy ‘Pommard’ Rouge

96 pts – Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

Medium-deep red-purple colour; aromas of dried herbs, dry grass and dried mushrooms overlying dark cherries; the wine is quite full in the mouth with abundant flavour and backed by firm tannins. It’s a touch grippy on its own but would work much better with appropriate food. There’s a lovely deep core of sweet ripe dark cherry fruit. A solid Burgundy with ageing potential.

2017 Domaine des Terres de Velle Volnay Ez Blanches

94 pts Jamie Goode (Wine Anorak)

On top of the hill in Volnay, above Clos de Chene. Lots of limestone in the soil: white stones. Floral, lively nose with nervy red cherry fruit. Supple and elegant on the palate with fresh red cherries and plums, as well as some nice structure and good acidity. Has a brightness and good tannin, but also a lightness from the low extraction approach. Potential for development.


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