Lethbridge Menage a Noir 2012 Pinot Noir

 

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. 89/100.325618_0_9999_v1_m56577569851855136

42 Degrees South 2010 Pinot Noir

 This wine recently won a gold medal at the Royal Melbourne wine show Рso 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 Рnot Gold medal in my opinion. Sure it is pleasant drinking in the price range. 87/100.360808_0_9999_v1_m56577569837088809

Red Claw 2012 Pinot Noir

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 Рwith quite a hard finish. Really a firm ripe style and at 14.5% degree alcohol Рthis 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 Рthis Pinot is NOT for you. If you like the darker, alcoholic extracted style Рyes you will like this. 87/100. Red Claw Pinot Noir NV Large