Oakridge Swallowfield Vineyard Local Series 2012 Pinot Noir

Color is a ruby red – hints of tawny – not dark or deep. Nose reveals lots of spice, smoke, forest floor, minerals – very much a savory saline style. Palate is again savory – complex and long but in a very spicy style. There is not much red fruit showing at the moment – so if you are after a cherry perfume lifted style of Pinot – this is NOT the one. I would have liked to see a little more red fruit generosity on the mid palate. Is this the terroir showing itself or the hand of the winemaker? This will probably improve over the next 12 months. Still a very classy complex Pinot with great length and texture. The Swallowfield has similarities to the Mayer Granite and I believe they are both  sourced from the same north facing red volcanic vineyard in Gembrook. 93/100
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