2016 Levantine Hill Colleen’s Paddock Pinot Noir

I’ve no doubt everyone has heard of the Rolls Royce motor car.  Between 1908 and 1928 there were almost 8000 of the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost built and they were handmade.  Every…single…one of them (that’s why to buy one in 1921 would’ve set you back US$11,000+).  If something wasn’t precise, it was filed or cut or machined until it fitted perfectly.  They were so well built, of those almost 8000 vehicles produced, there are still about 6000 still in existence and in working order.  Clearly luxury and longevity were the ethos of the Rolls Royce company.

I feel this wine has had the same treatment as the Silver Ghost.  There seems to be the same hands on treatment and perfect attention to detail. The resulting wine that is structurally sound, so precise with its flavour profile, so luxurious in its palate presentation and just a pleasure to experience.  It is plush, comfortably rich and generous yet perfectly tuned, in balance with exquisite Pinot Noir characters and has longevity on the finish. 

I have to be honest and say, sure, the price is up there for a bottle of wine but, in saying that, you get what you pay for and this is in the category of the Rolls Royce of Pinot Noirs and deservedly so.  As a Pinot Noir, this may not survive as long as the Silver Ghost but it will reward those who can garage it for a few years.

Levantine Hill Website

Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria     Price: $200     Source: Generous Gift

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