96+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Another wine which has come-on leaps and bounds since last year. The wine opens to Morello cherry, raspberry (almost Bakewell tart) – the fruit feels mineral driven and incredibly fresh. With time, the wine feels a touch brooding – dark fruits turning to jasmine tea and onto fresh sage leaf. The palate feels poised – the acidity working in harmony with the ripe, red and black fruits. Unlike two of Pat’s Chardonnays, this feels understated but charming, nonetheless. Give it a few years and allow it to open its arms. The length is triumphant and tingles with a little spice and sorbet-esque frisk. Those who cellar for 5-years will be rewarded with a very, very good bottle of Pinot Noir for twenty quid. One of my top tips of 2021… Drink now to 2027/28. Served using Zalto Burgundy glassware.”
Zalto Denk-Art Burgundy Glass
The Zalto Burgundy glass is recommended for all Pinot Noirs, designed almost specifically for Pinot’s delicate aromas. The aromas of Pinot Noir are often the most delicate, but when revealed can be the most enticing and pretty. The Zalto Burgundy glass is the widest of all the Zalto glasses providing the largest surface area for wine. This allows for rapid aeration, revealing all of the delicate spice, herb, floral, earth and berry aromas to be maximized. The narrower rim holding these aromas for an unparalleled experience of the elegant subtleties. The Zalto Burgundy is also very good for Nebbiolo, especially Barolo.
Despite being the second smallest state in Australia, Victoria is home to over 600 wineries, more than any other wine-producing state. However, Victoria does not produce the most wine, as rather than producing mass quantities of cheaper wine, its wineries tend to be smaller and more boutique in style. The cool climate here is produced by the coastal areas and this means that a wide range of wines can be made, from stunningly complex Chardonnay and delicate Pinot Noir in the Yarra Valley, to savoury and rich Shiraz from Heathcote and iconic fortified wines from Rutherglen.
Victoria is fast becoming one of our favourite regions with many new producers joining us from here, including Shadowfax, Mulline, and Eastern Peake.
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