2008 PINOT NOIR
JAMES HALLIDAY, AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION
Bright, clear red-purple; a fragrant bouquet of red and black cherries, then a finely structured palate with persistent but very fine, tannins giving texture and structure.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON AND GARY WALSH, THE BIG RED WINE BOOK 2010/11
It spends nine months in French oak and this year, they’ve turned out a beauty.
Lots of tongue-hugging dryness - this red announces its style clearly from the outset. It has flavours of dry leaves and dry cherries, assorted spices and cedar smoke. There’s a slight, jubey sweetness in the centre of the flavours-though in a flash the dryness reasserts itself.
Drink 2010 -2015
NICK STOCK, WINE BUSINESS MONTHLY, WINE100
This shows some cooler red fruit notes and has plenty of fine fragrant appeal – nice oak spice too. The palate is taut and compact, and has a convincing resolve. It’s in the cooler spectrum and will develop classic ‘sous bois’ in time.
TONY LOVE, EXTRAFOOD2, HERALD SUN
26 January 2010
Woody, earthy, mushroomy – all the foresty elements that can give this variety its more animal tendencies, yet balanced with sour cherry fruit flavour, subtle spice, rosemary and peppery seasoning. Also try its sibling chardonnay, a richer peaches-and-cream style.