The quest to make the ultimate Pinot Noir is the vinous equivalent of courting the enchanting Sirens of Greek mythology; she is a beautiful and dangerous temptress. In 2010 she was forgiving and generous. This wine is rich and full bodied with layers of flavour that caress the palate.
- South Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
Typically for this variety the appearance is mid red with flashes of crimson, cherry and earthy brick red.
The bouquet is alluring with sweet strawberry fruit and savoury oak and game in the background. It’s best enjoyed in a large, wide bowled glass with long sides and narrow opening to capture the aromatics as they swirl around the head space.
The challenge of Pinot Noir is that it can be something of a “prima donna”, when it’s good it is truly outstanding. This 2010 displays the best cool climate characters of ripe fruit, complex earthy herbs, smoked meats and harmonious vanillin oak. The body weight is full, the tannins soft and the finish is long and smooth … a sophisticated, sexy sensation.
Chinese style twice cooked roast duck with crispy skin, hoisin sauce and egg noodles is a great match however this is a universal food friendly wine that will go with everything from chicken liver pate and crackers to beef Wellington.
If you’ve got the perfect cellaring conditions, constant temperature of 14 – 17 degrees, low humidity and no light or vibration, this wine will cellar for decades and continue to evolve …or you can enjoy it right now!