13th March 2015
The surprise of this tasting was the Trapeze Pinot Noir. This is made by Brian Conway at Izway (a Barossa Shiraz & Grenache specialist) using Yarra Valley fruit. This is an affordable, great drinking Pinot.
Peay – Pinot Noir – 2012 (18). Forest floor aromas over strawberry fruit. The palate is fleshy, yet there is decent tannins and oak bringing focus to the finish. Deceptively powerful, this is a richer style that will have many fans. From the Sonoma Coast.
Greywacke – Pinot Noir – 2010 (18). (RRP $45). Lovely Pinot fruit on the nose. This has red berries, souring cherry and earthy notes. In the mouth, the fruit coats the tongue, with the cherry-like acidity and fine tannins that build on the close. A superb drink now or any time over the next 5 years.
Trapeze – Pinot Noir – 2012 (17.8). Pretty, fragrant and perfumed. The palate is light, yet full of ripe summer fruits. This is quite a serious effort, with depth and structure showing through on the finish. The sappy/savoury notes add complexity (I wonder if this has had partial whole bunch fermentation). The length and persistence are note-worthy. A delight now or in 5 years, this is a relative bargain. (RRP $28).
Yerring Station – Pinot Noir – Village – 2012 (17.7). Another lovely wine that is immediately attractive and approachable. Supple red fruits with a hint of earthy complexity. Excellent fruit length and persistence combine with refreshing acidity on the close to add life and interest. Great value current drinking.