2012 Grey Sands Pinot Noir

How rare is it to see a platypus in the wild, their natural habitat. From what I understand, it is nigh on impossible. Those who have, should consider themselves very lucky indeed. I was listening to a podcast recently and a fellow was saying how he and a friend managed to see one but pretty much only got a glimpse of it, mainly because if a platypus is startled it dives under water and can stay there for extended periods of time. What it came down to was, patience, plain and simple.

Old pinot noirs in the market are also a rarity. Those who spend time looking for them know they have to be patient, know that they will show up eventually and the wait will be worth it. Here is one that has popped out of the wilderness and onto the Grey Sands website for all to see. 

This wine is still a lovely colour in the glass and the dark fruit aromas are such that you would struggle to pick this as a ten-year-old Pinot Noir. On the palate, dark cherry and mouth-coating plums shine for me with a nice level of exuberance and, while ‘time-tamed’, gives the impression of more to come. The tannins may be a little drying but there’s still a good amount of fruit in support to carry them through on the nice, long finish. It is definitely worth treating yourself to something as beautiful and rare as an aged Tassie Pinot Noir like this one.

Grey Sands Website

Region: Glengarry, Tasmania     Price: $90     Source: Generous gift

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