Mac Forbes 2012 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

The color here is medium cherry red – viscous in the glass – nice texture. Nose reveals red fruits, sour cherries, hints of forest floor, gamey overtones. Palate carries on from this, lovely weight in the mouth. Long and elegant, lots of finesse and purity here. Lovely to drink now, but this appears to have the structure to improve over the next 6 months. Stelvin closure.92/100
Mac Forbes 2012 Pinot Noir

Moondarra Studebaker 2012 Pinot Noir

Color is light cherry crimson red. Nose opens up with some breathing to reveal delightful smoky, sour cherry, red fruit and funky earthy overtones. All very subtle and in nice balance. Palate shows wonderful weight and intensity. Great texture and balance. A beautiful wine – not a big black monster – but a wine of elegance, finesse and subtlety. 92/100 V2V_47

Punt Road 2012 Pinot Noir Napoleone Vineyard

Quite a dark color – dark cherry plum aromas, briary and spciy. Palate starts off robust and four square – some interesting fruit early on in the palate but tails off – quite a hard abrupt finish. Not particularly elegant or sophisticated. A robust four square style. Some people may like this style. But for me  87/100


Hoddles Creek 2012 Estate Pinot Noir

Not an overly dark color, medium hue. Aromas of sour cherry, red fruits, minerals and spices with a hint of forest floor. Palate is luscious, and carries on the aromas, nicely balanced oak and tannins, savory and spicy. Nicely poised finish with a long aftertaste. Very Burgundian in structure – and not an over extracted, over ripe , over oaked style. A pure delight. Probably the best value 2012 Pinot Noir on the market and beats many more expensive wines hands down. 92/100 Alcohol 13.2%


Hoddles Creek 1er 2012 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

Made from a selected parcel of vines from the original vineyard established in 1997. Here we have the addition of 20% whole bunches and an extra 6 months in barrel compared to the standard wine.

Color is a bright cherry with very nice intensity to the rim. Lots of texture in the glass – lovely viscosity as it swirls. Aromas reveal red fruits, forest floor, asian spices and hints of smoky oak and minerals. The palate carries the same theme – real elegance and purity of red fruits – with the backbone due to the extra time in oak and whole bunches immediately evident. Huge length, precise and concise mid palate.  There is a lovely nervosity and tension in the long finish. Great now – but will surely improve over 6-12 months as the extra dimension of oak and whole bunches resolves itself. This is not an over extracted, over oaked, over worked monster. Think red fruits, finesse, elegance, power and intensity.  93+/100 for now with great potential. Alcohol 13.2%1er_pn10