Quaint retro-new warehouse tucked away in back street of Fitzroy. Service and quality of food is excellent. Menu range is diverse and there would be something for everyone. All is great until we get to the coffee. In a city with such a huge choice in coffee – Industry Beans is just not up to the mark. The flavours are a little dilute, the palate is a little short on the finish, I don’t get the intensity and precise coffee flavours that we see with the competition. Dont get me wrong – the coffee is very very good – but I expected more. So for food and service I give 6/6 stars, coffee drags this down to 5/6 stars. Shame.
Timo Mayer is the winemaker at Gembrook Hill and has his own vineyard 8km south of Healesville. I have previously been impressed with his ‘Bloody Hill’ Pinot – but this Close planted is a different beast. First thing that you notice is the texture and viscosity as you swirl the wine in the glass. The legs are long and persistent. The aromas are classically Burgundian – red fruits, forest floor, asian spices, subtle oak – it is all there – in perfect balance. The palate reflects the nose, there are some nice mineral and spice overtones, berry and cherry. The balance is perfect – the length on the palate is phenomenal – so much texture and weight. There are no plums or prunes in this wine. Think maybe a Gevrey or Morey-St-Denis. The finish is long and precise. One of the best aussie Pinot Noirs ever. In the top five in Australia easy. Is it a keeper? Maybe not – it drinks very well now. Alcohol 13%. 96/100