Foxeys Hangout 2012 Pinot Noir

Nice medium cherry red colour, some nice sweet red cherry fruit aromas flow onto a round smooth palate. Well made in a more commercial easy drink style. Elegant and pure – not over extracted or over worked. Mid palate is maybe a little diffuse and imprecise. More on the riper side of the fruit balance. But still this is a nice wine. 90/100wine-11

Thick as Thieves 2012 Yarra Pinot Noir

Called ‘Plump’. For the winemaking (from their website) – one third of fruit went through carbonic maceration for 7 days. One third whole bunch and the final third gently destemmed to an open fermenter for a 4 day pre-soak. Minimal cap work with only three drain and stomps during peak ferment. New puncheon was filled at 1′ Baume for barrel ferment character and at this stage the carbonic portion was destemmed and added to the open fermenter. Elevage in 500L puncheons (45% new)  for 9 months. Natural yeast and MLF. No fining but filtration through 250′s.

Certainly all the effort in the winemaking has paid off. This is a classically structured elegant Pinot, with savoury cherries, spices and red fruits. Long and mouthfilling – but still very pure. Fantastic effort. 94/100plump-web

Garage Espresso – 126A Chapel Street St Kilda.

Funky modern fit out – funky light fittings – yes we know the formula well. Good looking menu – with a few interesting variations on a theme. The menu on their website is a little out of date – prices have risen for most items. Coffee was OK. First flat white was a little hard and bitter – second was less bitter – but  still a little unconvincing.  Do I have to have three coffees to get ONE great one! ? Why should there be variation between coffees has got me confused. They should all be ‘in the zone’ and consistent. My Bircher muesli was excellent.  Food is a six star rating, coffee takes the overall rating down to five stars. Maybe worth a revisit.

Drake Samson Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012

A collaboration between Mac Forbes and Matthew Dunne. I have always liked the Mac Forbes style – crisp elegance, red fruits, cherries, strawberries – and this wine delivers this in spades. Great finesse with a perfectly balanced clean finish. This is not an extracted black monster that resembles shiraz or a new world gamay. Purity with hints of subtle forest floor, sour cherries and perfect acid balance. Precise and concise. Drinks well now – but will maybe benefit from a few months to resolve the fine tannins. Delicious. 93/100
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Oakridge Over the Shoulder 2012 Pinot Noir

2012 Pinot Noir in the Yarra Valley promises a lot. And certainly the back label on this wine gives one great optimism as to its contents. The aromas are quite hard and extracted violets, leading to a hard extracted slightly bitter palate. I was hoping for some voluptuous elegance – bad sadly no. A very forced style of Pinot – dark in color – lacking red fruits and purity – more on the extracted gamay side. Some people will like this – but this lacks the elegance in Pinot Noir that I am looking for. Over a few days this didn’t really improve. Strange.  85/100. One big retail chain rates this at 94 points. Maybe a little optimistic!