When tasting a wine, I like to make notes. Tasting this wine, I wrote: “this is not your normal Pinot.” After re-reading my notes I thought, gee, that’s subjective. One person’s ‘not normal’ could be another’s normal. This can relate to anything I know, but for me, who drinks a lot of Tasmanian Pinot Noir, I immediately but not deliberately, compared it which is unfair and I should know better. And my comparison, or judgement if you like, was also unjustified.
A bright, youthful cherry red colour in the glass, it’s quite fragrant and definitely Pinot Noir in the aroma category. Think cherries and ripe plush raspberries, it’s a little earthy and some oak presents as well. The palate is generous but still elegant. Dark cherry, plums (weight watchers style. Flavour without the fatness if you know what I mean), there’s like a sweet/sour red fruit character, the oak is nicely in balance, the tannins fine and it finishes reasonably long. This may offer a little more for a Pinot Noir than what I’m used to, but it’s a very good wine in its own right and we definitely enjoyed it.
Region: Orange, NSW Price: $45 Source: Sample courtesy of Patina Wines and Define Wine