Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Southern Highlands (N.S.W)
Good evening once again fellow wine lovers. This evening I am exploring a reasonably affordable Pinot from the Southern Highlands in New South Wales. I am not overly familiar with NSW wines, as I tend to stick to local home-grown wines. However, I do know that the Hunter Valley is infamous for their production of what is arguably Australia’s best Semillon. Some of these wines can command prices in the triple digits and have brilliant cellaring potential.
Tonight I am looking at a Pinot Noir, and thanks to the altitude and cooler climates, this is a region which I am hoping will produce quite a decent Pinot wine.
The wine under review transmits, a cherry red colour with a scarlet hue.
The aromas are those of strawberry and cranberry, with hints of red cherry upfront. There is delicate touches of floral aroma (violets), and a bit of wet forest vegetation with traces of white pepper.
The palate is delicate and quite soft. This wine rolls easily in the mouth. It showcases blackberry and strawberry upfront, which leads into a semi-savory flavour, and then tails off into subtle oak related spices.
This wine is rather fleshy up front. It showcases a lot of fruit from the get-go and I find that this wine is rather sweet. However, it does quell off, and lends itself to a damper more earthy finish. Yet, it is lacking some prowess on the mid palate. It is a simplistic wine and doesn’t ask much out of the consumer. It doesn’t drive anything that stands out and makes you think. It is very much a “consume now” wine and not something that you would want to stick away for much more than seven years. That all being said though, if you want a simple straight-forward wine then I would not overlook this. It is quite pleasant to drink; just don’t go in expecting too much.
Drink: Now to 2022
The SA Wine Guy