Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Adelaide Hills
Good evening once again. Tonight I look at a higher priced Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir from the Family owned Barratt’s wines. At $40 a bottle, this wine is one of the more expensive Pinot Noir’s you pick up in this state, but for the money, you just get that little bit more.
This wine when I opened it up and poured it out into the decanter was very pale. (Even for a Pinot Noir)Never-the-less, it still showed true Pinot aroma. I picked up strawberry, pomegranate and red cherry from a fruit prospective. It also gave off a floral perfume of violets, vanilla and musk and bullied hints of turned earth.
On the palate, and it is a floral array of violet and Iris flower upfront; it is soft and delicate from the get go. However, it turns into red cherry in the mid palate with strawberry undertones. The mid palate is quite chewy and semi rich in subtle red fruit , but the finish is long and showcases strawberry, musk, and oak spice from a small presence of new French Oak.
This wine is actually very French in style and flavour. If you want to experience what French Pinot Noir tastes like but for a fifth of the cost, then this wine is the place to start. Usually our Pinots show a lot more fruit up front both on the nose and palate and the floral aromas are neglected or very minimal. However, this wine displays a softer fruit and very aromatic seductive aroma, what we characterise with French Pinot. In a blind tasting, I would pick this wine as French Burgandy and not something Australian produced.
There is still some heat behind this wine, lending it to have a greater cellaring potential. I would think that in 3 years time this wine would start to hit its peek, yet with its alcohol content, could even push out for a decade or two to come.
Drink: 2018 to 2028
The SA Wine Guy