Category Archives: Pinot Noir


Foxeys Hangout 2012 Pinot Noir

Nice medium cherry red colour, some nice sweet red cherry fruit aromas flow onto a round smooth palate. Well made in a more commercial easy drink style. Elegant and pure – not over extracted or over worked. Mid palate is maybe a little diffuse and imprecise. More on the riper side of the fruit balance. But still this is a nice wine. 90/100wine-11

Thick as Thieves 2012 Yarra Pinot Noir

Called ‘Plump’. For the winemaking (from their website) – one third of fruit went through carbonic maceration for 7 days. One third whole bunch and the final third gently destemmed to an open fermenter for a 4 day pre-soak. Minimal cap work with only three drain and stomps during peak ferment. New puncheon was filled at 1′ Baume for barrel ferment character and at this stage the carbonic portion was destemmed and added to the open fermenter. Elevage in 500L puncheons (45% new)  for 9 months. Natural yeast and MLF. No fining but filtration through 250′s.

Certainly all the effort in the winemaking has paid off. This is a classically structured elegant Pinot, with savoury cherries, spices and red fruits. Long and mouthfilling – but still very pure. Fantastic effort. 94/100plump-web

Drake Samson Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012

A collaboration between Mac Forbes and Matthew Dunne. I have always liked the Mac Forbes style – crisp elegance, red fruits, cherries, strawberries – and this wine delivers this in spades. Great finesse with a perfectly balanced clean finish. This is not an extracted black monster that resembles shiraz or a new world gamay. Purity with hints of subtle forest floor, sour cherries and perfect acid balance. Precise and concise. Drinks well now – but will maybe benefit from a few months to resolve the fine tannins. Delicious. 93/100
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Oakridge Over the Shoulder 2012 Pinot Noir

2012 Pinot Noir in the Yarra Valley promises a lot. And certainly the back label on this wine gives one great optimism as to its contents. The aromas are quite hard and extracted violets, leading to a hard extracted slightly bitter palate. I was hoping for some voluptuous elegance – bad sadly no. A very forced style of Pinot – dark in color – lacking red fruits and purity – more on the extracted gamay side. Some people will like this – but this lacks the elegance in Pinot Noir that I am looking for. Over a few days this didn’t really improve. Strange.  85/100. One big retail chain rates this at 94 points. Maybe a little optimistic!


Mayer 2012 Close Planted Pinot Noir

Timo Mayer is the winemaker at Gembrook Hill and has his own vineyard 8km south of Healesville. I have previously been impressed with his ‘Bloody Hill’ Pinot – but this Close planted is a different beast. First thing that you notice is the texture and viscosity as you swirl the wine in the glass. The legs are long and persistent. The aromas are classically Burgundian – red fruits, forest floor, asian spices, subtle oak – it is all there – in perfect balance. The palate reflects the nose, there are some nice mineral and spice overtones, berry and cherry. The balance is perfect – the length on the palate is phenomenal – so much  texture and weight. There are no plums or prunes in this wine. Think maybe a Gevrey or Morey-St-Denis. The finish is long and precise. One of the best aussie Pinot Noirs ever. In the top five in Australia easy. Is it a keeper?  Maybe not – it drinks very well now. Alcohol 13%.  96/100mayer-close

Clos des Lambrays tasting and dinner in Melbourne

Wines on tasting were 1990,1993, 1995, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010. Brief notes.

1990 – notes showing well – tired and porty,  with weird acetic overtones. Thierry agreed that in general the 1990 has not been showing well.

1993 – lovely spice, with some high toned fruit elements,  classic forest floor overtones – nice drink.

1995 – nice perfume and intensity here – red fruits – cool and aloof – shows well – delightfull.

1999 – ripe and maybe a tad too alcoholic – but such is 1999. Big rich and ripe.

2006 – gently spicy – round and hints of mushroom – lovely drink – very nice.

2008 – typical acid – high toned red fruits – tight and closed – needs time – a lot of time.

2009 – soft round and fruity – saline and spice- red cherries with real complexity and weight. Very good.

2010 – amazing red fruit intensity and weight. Great depth and complexity – subtle oak – Super wine and my favourite.

Provenance 2010 Golden Plains Pinot Noir

What a delightful Pinot! Color is cherry red with medium intensity. Nose reveals lovely red fruits,  sour cherries, hints of forest, slightly gamey – not over extracted or heavy. Palate is in nice balance, with a soft lingering finish  revealing all that the nose promised- hint of strawberry and spice. It is a joy to taste a wine which is not over-ripe, not over-worked and not over-extracted. Is this wine worth cellaring? Why bother – drink it and enjoy the length and richness. This is a non ‘P’ wine, No plums and No prunes. Inspirational stuff! 13.3% alcohol. Vineyards are 70km west of Melbourne.