Farr Rising 2012 Geelong Pinot Noir

Nice medium red color. Aromas of red cherries, smoke and spice in abundance. Some plum and cedar overtones expand to the palate. Typical of the Farr style, lots of spice, and lots of tannin from the inclusion of stems. Ultimately the use of stems is over the top and really unnecessary – not what I am looking for. Still it is a nice drink if you like the stemmy style. 90/100. $42.00  The Gippsland Pinot made by Philippa Farr is a more interesting purer expression of Pinot Noir.

Garagiste La Stagiaire Pinot Noir 2012

Color is medium red – viscous and lots of texture as it swirls in the glass. Aromas of sour cherries, forest, smoke and minerals. Palate reveals the same – all bound with a nice savory texture and dark forest and hints of mushroom. Nice complexity and lovely length. A sophisticated Pinot Noir. Lovely stuff.  92/100  $32.00

Clyde Park Locale 2012 Pinot Noir

I have never been a big fan of Bellarine Peninsula Pinot – so this was a very pleasant surprise. Bright cherry red color – not dark – nice crimson. The aromas are in the cherry, red fruit spectrum, only a hint of spice, smoke  and undergrowth. Palate is full of nice sour cherry, touch of strawberry, subtle oak integration. Really pure and elegant. 12.5% alcohol means it was picked a little early to preserve the fresh red fruit flavours. Great length and purity – perfect balance and drinks well now. A very well crafted Pinot Noir, which is fantastic value for money. Beats many other crap Pinots on the market that sell for more money. $28   92/100Clyde-Park-Locale-Pinot-Noir-2012

Philippa Farr 2012 Pinot Noir

From their website:

The vineyard is located just out of the South Gippsland town of Leongatha.  
Cool, maritime climate.  
Annual rainfall 800mm+. 
Deep red clay loam over ancient volcanic loam. 
High density planting 6000+ vine/hectare.

Colour is a mid red – not dark or purple – bright and clear. Nose reveals undergrowth, mushroom, sour cherry, minerals along with a hint of typical Gippsland earthy farmyard iron. With decanting the wine cleans up quickly and shows some real purity and complexity. Not a lightweight on the palate, long, savoury, spicy with real precision and intensity. Lovely wine – never over the top, not extracted or over oaked – beautiful balance. Drinks well now – so why wait. Cork is classic standard – which is a worry – I would prefer Diam or even Stelvin Lux.  94/100.bottle-shot-95x300

Dappled Pinot Noir 2012 Appellation

A blend of two Yarra Valley vineyards. The tech specs from the website read –

Blend of two Yarra Valley vineyards, Average vine age of 25 years, 66% whole bunch; the remaining de-stemmed, whole berry.   Ferment was lightly peiaged (foot stomped) and hand plunged daily, spending three weeks on skins. Natural MLF and ageing in second-fill and older barrels for 10 months . Aged for 10 months in barrel; bottled in January 2013. Unfined & unfiltered.

This all sounds great – BUT – there is a weird Eucalyptus overtone on the nose and palate which destroys all the hard work. There is also a certain hardness on the palate – maybe too much whole bunch. I don’t like eucalyptus in my Pinot – sorry – 84/100.