5 April 2013
East End Wine Down
5 April 2013
For all the Pinot Lovers in the House
4 October 2007
From Burgundy to the Yarra Valley, across to New Zealand and stopping off in the Adelaide Hills, we have a cross section of wines for your palate of some of the best value Pinot's currently on the market. This oh so noble varietal has become quite the in-grape of late. Currently, there are some amazing interpretations gracing our shelves that we'd like to share with you, without destroying the budget.
Starting of course with Burgundy... The 2005 vintage has already been declared as one of the all time greats, with all levels of classification sharing praise. It is said that if you couldn't make a good wine in the Cote D'Or for the '05 vintage, you shouldn't be making wine. The hype stems from entry level Bourgogne's and peaks, of course, with single Cru's but the joy can be found for those ready to start experiencing the wonderful world of Burgundy and for those who know great value when they see it.
2005 Jadot Bourgogne Rouge @ $38
2005 Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir @ $25
“A very pure and ripe nose of red pinot fruit leads to delicious and precise middle weight flavors that possess good body and persistence. This is a stylish effort with real quality and the bones to improve for a few years as well.”
Score: 85-87 Drink: 2009+”
Allen Meadows, Burghound
From Burgundy we head down to Victoria, where we find the new superstar of Australian Pinot Noir and one of the best value Pinots we have seen in a long time. Hot after taking out last years Gourmet Traveller Young Wine Maker of the Year, and with his many trips to Burgundy, Bill Downie has continued on his winning ways with these new releases. This release sees a new wine added to his portfolio, with a Pinot sourced from the Mornington Penninsula.The Hoddles Creek Pinot has once again blown away the bang for buck barrier. How they can produce such lovely single estate Pinot Noir for such a good price is beyond us, but let’s not complain while we still have it so good.
2006 William Downie Mornington Pinot Noir @ $44
2006 William Downie Yarra Valley Pinot Noir @ $44
2006 Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir @ $18
Finally we finish with a couple of our old favourites... Ata Rangi was one of the pioneers in leading the New Zealand Pinot craze and is now considered to be one the leaders of the New World with this wonderful grape variety. Stephen George’s Ashton Hills wines have been a perennial favourite for us and his new Reserve impressed us so much we bought as much as physically possible.
2006 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir @ $60 Sourced largely from the oldest home blocks now reaching 27 years of age, Abel (aka the ‘Ata Rangi’ clone) is predominant, but Clone 5 (or Pomard) and
Sourced largely from the oldest home blocks now reaching 27 years of age, Abel (aka the ‘Ata Rangi’ clone) is predominant, but Clone 5 (or Pomard) and
2005 Ashton Hills Reserve Pinot Noir @ $53