Chatto 2012 Pinot Noir

From Huon Valley Tasmania fruit. Color is a beautiful cherry red with nice viscosity. The aromas are a little weird. I get capsicum and vegetal aromas – which to me mean a number of possibilities. Capsicum means there are unripe elements somewhere in the link. Either the site is too cold, canopy management, picked too early or green whole bunch. The palate has some nice raspberry cherry flavours for sure with reasonable intensity, but there is an underlying hardness and greenness which renders the wine hard and chunky and leaves me underwhelmed. Maybe age will help to resolve some of these characteristics – but not for me. A little disappointing.  86/100  $45  Alc 13.0%
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Allies Shoreham 2012 Pinot Noir

North facing 85 metre altitude vineyard on stoney, predominately iron rich soils. 13.0%  alc/vol.

A more sophisticated elegant style, some nice sour cherry, spice and forest aromas, not too dark or extracted, not overly concentrated but well balanced with good precision. Has a little funk and spice. Not a long term keeper – drinks well now. Certainly a nice drink and my favourite out of the three Allies that I have tasted. But still a little under delivery for the price. $40  92/100
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Allies Teurong 2012 Pinot Noir

“The fruit for this wine comes from Teurong. The vineyard is north facing, at an altitude of 30 metres on sandy soils. A warmer part of the peninsula, Teurong typically makes robust, rich and opulent wines. 13.5% Alc/Vol.”

The back label is quite correct – this is rich, opulent, beefy, fat, extracted and over oaked. There is not a lot of finesse or elegance here. In my opinion this is too ripe – I think grapes were picked too late by maybe a week. If you like your Pinot fat and ripe, you will like this a lot – but not my style – 88/100. Over priced at $40.

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Wine Society Directors Selection Pinot Noir 2012

Marketing info says –  “Five time trophy winnner at the Royal Hobart Wine Show, trophy winner for Best Pinot Noir at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show and recent winner of blue gold at the Sydney International Wine Competition. Made by Tasmanian legend Julian Alcorso to the exacting standards of the Wine Society’s Directors, this stunning Pinot shows intense aromas of dark berries and complex oak. The palate is expressive with silken tannins providing texture and length. Sourced from the Coal River Valley, in one of the top vintages of the last 15 years.”

The color is quite nice – mid dark cherry – aromas are a little confused – blueberry gamay, some hard oak overtones with asian spices. Palate is all over the place – a little clumsy and very confused – blueberries and some hard coarse tannins.  Sort of pleasant in a very structured commercial style. Not really showing the essence of terroir that I was looking for or expecting. With so many Gold medals I was expecting a lot more. Is this ‘stunning’ – well more like ‘disappointing’.  Over-priced for what you get.  Alc 13.5%  87/100
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Michael Hall 2012 Pinot Noir

From the website:

Fruit from humus and quartz soils of the Bonython vineyard in Piccadilly and the silty, clay loam of the Manyara vineyard in Balhannah. This wine shows a beguiling interplay of glace cherry and wild strawberry, cinnamon, pomegranite, mossy bark, a hint of celery and soft talcum tannin.

For wine nerds like me: Good moisture levels and gentle ripening temperatures combined to provide ideal vineyard conditions. Hand-picked on 7 and 14 March, wild yeast fermented, 20% whole bunch, pressed to French oak barrels (20% new Francois Freres), 10 months on lees.

Nice cherry red color – nose reveals cherry and minerals with hints of herbaceous and just a tiny amount eucalyptus. Palate starts off with really nice cherries and berries – very pure with nice sweetness –  and then firms up to be quite tight and a little coarse. The palate finishes quite long but the firm tannins remain. All in all – not a a bad effort – nice purity and perfume – and this is probably a good expression of  its terroir – but ultimately maybe this is not the best terroir to express Pinot Noir. There is an underlying firmness and hardness which makes me think that the Adelaide Hills is really too warm for ‘top notch’ Pinot. Over-priced at $46.  92/100
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Mac Forbes Woori Yallock Pinot Noir 2012

Pure medium cherry red color, nice viscosity and texture. Nose leaps out with minerals, subtle cherries, asian spices, subtle violets, forest. The minerality is immediately obvious – with a long saline spine. The complexity of flavours is quite amazing – and stunning length. Not a big beefy wine – all subtlety and finesse. Stylistically this reminds me a lot of the Mayer 2012 Granite Pinot Noir – all minerals and finesse.  The Mayer is a little fuller and richer, the Woori is a little more refined and leaner. The Woori is precise, concise and very long. Stunning. $70. 95/100

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This is the Ardea Cork used here.
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Holly’s Garden Pagan 2012 Pinot Noir

From Whitlands – King Valley. Color is very very pale brown. Nose reveals farmhouse eucalyptus, palate is weak and very broad. Finish is harsh and short. Very disappointing. This probably tasted fine straight out of barrel when it was first bottled – but now with twelve months bottle age it has collapsed into something a little irksome and unpleasant  – 70/100.
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Lois Sparkling Blanc de Blancs – The Lane Vineyard

Color here is a very pale green.  Mousse is a little coarse but within reasonable parameters. Aromas are very primary raw ripe Chardonnay with some citrus – very bold with alcoholic overtones. Palate reveals more alcoholic overtones with no autolysis character whatsoever. Hard and harsh and short – very primary and quite a rude shock to the palate. I am not sure how to categorize this. Was it enjoyable? Not really. 75/100
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