Onannon Gippsland Pinot Noir 2012

Color can be quite deceptive here. Quite a pale cherry red which extends to the rim. Nose has hints of classic Gippsland forest floor and earth. As the wine breathes we see some cherry and red fruit aromas evolve. The palate reveals the same – lovely acidity – not too ripe – hints of minerals and smoke – lovely length. This is what good Pinot is all about. Never dark, never extracted, never over oaked, never over-ripe, never over whole bunched. Real finesse, elegance and purity. 94/100

Wickhams Road 2013 Pinot Noir – Mornington, Gippsland and Yarra Valley

There are three Pinot Noirs in this series,  Mornington, Gippsland and Yarra Valley. All are well made and are great valley at the $17 mark – but they are different. The Mornington has lovely bright sour cherry and spice with nice length and purity.92/100  The Gippsland has some darker red fruits but with great width and perfect balance. 92/100 The Yarra Valley is the ripest of the trio with plums and hints of herbaciousness. 90/100

Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2012

The color is a medium dark cherry red – with nice intensity all the way to the rim. The nose opens up very reductive and closed. Over a few days of breathing this eventually cleaned up but sadly no real interesting aromas showed themselves. The palate is in dark, savory, extracted flavor spectrum. No real sweetness or interesting red fruits developed over many days of breathing. A pinched tough style – maybe a wine for the cellar – but on this showing it is  a little disappointing. 88/100

Circe Pinot Noir 2012

From Mornington Peninsula. Nice brick red color. Nose leaps out with spice and red fruits. There is some subtle oak on the nose but it is well controlled. Lovely cherries and forest on the long palate. Savoury and long but with some nice pure red fruit complexity. Sophisticated and elegant. Sensational stuff. A classic Mornington style which is getting difficult to find these days.   93/100 $40Circe_2010PinotNoir1-160x457