The color is quite a deep intense dark cherry, viscous and heavy in the glass. Aromas reveal quite a smoky toasty oak layer, with darker red fruits, asian spices. Certainly the nose is quite appealing and raises ones expectations of things to come. The initial palate reveals some nice complexity – smoky oak, red fruits leading to black fruits, maybe just a tiny hint of plum. Surprisingly, the mid palate becomes a little confused and imprecise – the fruits disappear and a broad hardness with lactic overtones arrives. This leads us to an equally confused lactic hard finish. An interesting wine but just lacks the delivery and finesse on the finish that the initial palate promises. 89/100.
This wine recently won a gold medal at the Royal Melbourne wine show – so I thought it was worth a re-visit. I remember tasting this maybe a year ago. The color and texture and aromas are all correct and quite interesting, but the finish on the palate has quite a hard green edge – not Gold medal in my opinion. Sure it is pleasant drinking in the price range. 87/100.
The color here is certainly on the darker side of the spectrum, the nose reveals dusty, firm dark red fruit aromas, bordering on the jammy. Palate is large, tough, plum and dark red fruits – with quite a hard finish. Really a firm ripe style and at 14.5% degree alcohol – this is a little over ripe to my liking. Why on earth would you make a 14.5% alcohol Pinot in such an even ripening year like 2012. Beats me. If you like subtle elegant red fruits and cherries all enveloped in finesse and purity – this Pinot is NOT for you. If you like the darker, alcoholic extracted style – yes you will like this. 87/100.