Region: Adelaide Hills
It’s time; time to review one of my favorite wine varieties. Last week I introduced you briefly into the world of Pinot Noir. Tonight I address the wine itself. In South Australia, you will be hard-pressed to find Pinot Noir outside of the Adelaide Hills Region. When you think Adelaide Hills, you are instantly drawn to white wines. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Not so much along the lines of red wines. However, you may recall, Pinot is the delicate red wine grape with a weak skin, and it needs all the TLC it can get. The punishing heat of the Barossa will ruin the grape, whilst cooler McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Clare Valley regions will turn this wine into a Jam with absolutely no balance. That really only leaves the Adelaide Hills Region for this exceptional variety to grow. Cooler climates and high altitude do this grape a world of good.
This wine is a nice showcase of Pinot Noir, it is not the best Pinot I have encountered over the years, however, it does hold its own quite well.
This wine displays what we would expect from a warmer climate hence more fruit, but thanks to the coolness of higher altitudes this wine is balanced by spice too. Therefore, on the nose, red cherry is the stand out with hints of pepper and spice a little bit of marzipan will make its way through as well accompanied by subtle hints of vanilla. To me, Pinot Noir is a wine I could smell all day. The aromas that come from this variety are completely seducing to this sense. But… I best put it in my mouth and tell you a bit more of the story.
It’s a showcase of cherry and vanilla and a little rhubarb, working in with hints of white pepper. The acid balances the wine, nothing that pierces through, but just enough to make you conscious that it is there. The finish works into cherry but then turns to a soft undertone of plum and cherry combination.
For $20 you will be hard pressed to find a better Pinot Noir for the money. This was quite a nice surprise for a reasonable price.
Drinking well now; and will be drinking well for another 5 years.
The SA Wine Guy