96++ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Old vine Viognier (planted circa 1960), lovingly tended by hand… Greg and Allison deliver hallmark aromas of white flowers, honeysuckle, sun drenched apricots and a whispering of orangey spice. The palate is surprisingly elegant, beautifully balanced and a textural delight – silky smooth to be more exact. The flavour profile is expansive, but this wine will offer everything with a little more bottle age. I enjoy the focus, the minerality, the freshness and the citrus oil which coats every facet. In fact, there isn’t anything I do not enjoy. The finish is incredible – bittersweet orange marmalade after a minute or so which is a fabulous way to part. Great now and will continue to improve for at least five years. Served (not too chilled) and using Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Decant for 20-30 minutes for the best result.”
Winemaker "Very intense colour. The nose is dominated by fruit notes such as cherries and blackcurrants. A touch of cedar elegantly brings the nose together as a whole. On the mouth, the wine is well balanced and expresses with subtlety its purity and loyalty to the Pauillac’s territory. It really is Château Pontet-Canet’s little brother."
Stuart McCloskey "It’s difficult not to be impressed, silky / supple tannins work harmoniously with the high quality fruit. Cabernet flavours dominate with blackberry leaf, cassis with a touch of cocoa coming through as the wine starts to reach its tenth birthday. Really delicious but does require 2-3 hours in a decanter."
Stuart McCloskey "Alfred and his team produced a super-delicious wine during a difficult vintage. The Grand Vin equalling all the First-Growths and his second wine is comfortably comparable (if not better) than many second wines for double the money. This is a refined Pauillac and drinking beautifully now..."
Winemaker "Very deep colour. The nose is a complex spectrum of fruit and graphite notes with a touch of vanilla which comes to elevate the ensemble. A dense and distinctive mouth with a touch of silky tannins. A very beautiful wine of pure pleasure."
Stuart McCloskey "Showing all the hallmarks of Pontet Canet itself and unmistakeably a powerful Pauillac. The nose is a little closed at first, however, with a little aeration, blackberry, cassis, boysenberry and cedar emerge from the glass. Lovely concentration on the palate too. This is one of the best second wines available and knocks the socks off Château Lafite's, Carruades de Lafite."
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98+ Points Stuart McCloskey "The aromas waft from the glass with consummate ease… Touches of smoked, grilled meat, redcurrant, liquorice, dried orange rind, blood orange, spice (black pepper & cinnamon) and rose hip. Very Burgundian. The palate is medium bodied with tannins as long and fine as one could imagine. As with their Chardonnay – This wine shows an amazing level of control. Not a millimetre is out of place. The fruit conveys a cool-climate, saline elegance which is far from sparing. Unfurling, charming, precise and certainly built for the cellar (5-10 years). There are two Aussie Pinot Noirs which I go to and this is one… Such is the brilliance, Paul & Gilli should pay Burgundy a tutelage visit. For now, I award 98+ points but I believe this will increase over the coming years. This is a fantastic Pinot Noir and a benchmark against which other Aussie wines should be measured. Decant for one hour and serve using Zalto Burgundy glassware"