My wife and I are drinking more and more Pinot Noir these days. Not that we are drinking less of the other red varieties, it’s just that during the warmer months, Pinot is less weighty for our palates to have to deal with and more versatile when it comes to summer style foods. At this point, may I remind you, I live in a state where, when it comes to red wine, Pinot is the undisputed king. To have a bottle of this variety from an unfamiliar Pinot region arrive on my doorstep, I had to put my bias aside and, to be honest, that can be difficult.
A nice bright crimson colour to kick things off, this had varietal aromas of red fruits and dab of spice. On the palate it was light to medium in body with rumblings of raspberry and hints of spice. With some more swirling in the glass and having it alongside our dinner, red cherry notes, some earthy characters and a hint of pepper came in over the top. Generally speaking, Pinot Noir is a food wine and that’s what this needed to bring out some of those flavours. In saying that, it will fit into any casual gathering and lunchtime soirées.
Region: Orange, NSW Price: $35 Source: Sample thanks to Windowrie & Define Wine
Challenge accepted. Next bottle from me will definitely be a non-Tassie pinot.
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