Pinot Noir – New Release – January 2018

Barry Weinman: 19th January 2018

The key feature of all the wines reviewed is drinkability. This is a cross-section of affordable Pinots that will provide uncomplicated drinking over the summer months.

There is also a good value red from the south of France that is excellent value (From Lamont’s Cottesloe).


Singlefile – Pinot Noir – Run Free – 2017 (17.8/20pts. $25). Don’t be fooled by the lighter colour, this is a delicious wine. There is a precision to this wine that is disarming, with bright cherry fruit expertly paired to supple oak to make a wine that offers immediate drinking pleasure, but also short-term aging. Impressive for the price.

Sunsets – Pinot Noir – 2014 (17.5pts). Pristine fruit, a touch of oak, hints of herbs and spices as well as redcurrant and cherry. Bright, fresh and delicious, with a supple, savoury edge. (I could not find any information  on this producer).

Chanzy – Pinot Noir – Bourgogne – Clos Michaud – 2017 (17.5/20pts. $30). A little more closed than the standard Bourgogne, but this opens with air to show souring cherry and plum fruit and excellent texture. Needs a couple of years to open up but could be enjoyed now with a sharp cheddar.

Magellan – Shiraz/Grenache – Coteaux Du Languedoc – 2013 (17.5/20pts. $21). An interesting alternative to Pinot Noir, showing more density to the plum-like fruit. The palate is quite creamy, with the savoury notes balanced by supple acidity and texture. Ripe and well-made, this is an excellent food wine.

Chanzy – Pinot Noir – Bourgogne – 2017 (17.4/20pts. $28). There is a combination of fresh and stewed plum on the nose that is most attractive. The palate is lively and fresh, with the acidity cutting through the richer cherry fruit notes with ease. Will be good with food, but also on its own. Good entry level Burgundy.