2005 ESTATE PINOT NOIR
JAMES HALLIDAY, AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION
An ultra-fragrant, almost flowery, bouquet; considerable intensity to the complex spicy dark berry aromas of the palate, and good length. Screwcap. Rating: 94. To: 2012.
HUON HOOKE, GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE
This is at the lighter end of the pinot spectrum. It's sweetly fragrant to sniff with good varietal aromas which translate well into the intensely flavoured palate. It's clean, elegant and comes up in the glass, with extended breathing.
SALLY GUDGEON, QANTAS MAGAZINE
Made by Tom Carson when he was at Yering Station, the fruit for this pinot comes from low-yielding vines in Dixon's Creek in the Yarra Valley. A complex, perfumed nose with notes of roses, leather and dark cherries leads onto a well-structured, interesting palate with good weight, texture and length.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON, WINEFRONT MONTHLY
14 May 2008
This is a really good show. Seriously good in fact. It's bold and strong and structured, its heart a sure strike of sour, dark cherried flavour. What really sets it flying though is the undercurrent of autumn leaves and cedar smoke, the combination of which gives the wine genuine complexity. It finishes long and tannic - I will be staking some of my own money on this. I'm a big fan. Drink: 2011-2016. 95 points.
NICK STOCK, THE PENGUIN GOOD AUSTRALIAN WINE GUIDE 2009
Shows impressive winemaking complexity and 2005-vintage richness, a
savoury slant of oak and sweet spices splice through mouth-watering
cherry fruit aromas. Plenty of supple charm and musky ripe
cherry-flavoured fruit, milk chocolate, supple tannins, balance and
Score: 92. Quality: 4 stars. Alc/Vol: 14%. Drink 2010. Closure: screwcap.
NICK STOCK, WBM 100
This has much more richness and complexity than the regular 2006 wine ... and a savoury slant of sweetly pickled oak. Doesn't leap up-seems more resolved and a little closed at the time of tasting. Plenty of supple charm and milky tannins.
KERRY SKINNER, ILLAWARRA MERCURY
27 August 2008
The Yarra Valley based Toolangi is run by Julie and Garry Hounsell who send their fruit to the winemaker they feel is best equipped to handle a particular varietal. This superb pinot, crafted by Yering Station, is simply divine, brimming with sweet black cherry fruit on the nose and palate, integrated savoury characters, clever oaking and fine silky tannins. Drink with roast quail.