Tamar Ridge Kayena Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

85 points

Tasmania, Australia. 13%

Very well made, finely judged wine. Dark fruits, restrained sweetness, nice balance. The flavour sweetness balance puts it into the very top league of Australian Pinot.

I’d give it higher points if it had greater concentration, but this is an early drinking wine. For light, or no food. A very good advertisement for Tamar Ridge’s more expensive bottlings.

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Willow Creek Vineyard ‘Tulum’ Pinot Noir 2008

77 points

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. 14%

Simple varietal wine, a lack of texture, heading towards pruney ripe fruit and then acid finish.

Each bottle I hope this wine will get better but…no.

“Gloriously fragrant and effusive; the palate is long and refined, with a vibrant array of red and black cherry, plum and spice; French oak is totally integrated. Screwcap. 14% alc. Rating 96 Points; Drink 2015” $40 Date Tasted Nov 09 James Halliday Wine Companion

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Ashton Hills Pinot Noir (Estate) 2008

88 points.

Adelaide Hills. 14.5%

A rich seductive pinot. Lightish in colour. Warm slightly spiced aromas of fruit and French oak (which the fruit just sops up).

James Haliday gave this something like 95 points. Now those points are for an Australian audience but even so I’m less enthusiastic. I prefer a less sweet and alcoholic Pinot.

I recall Jancis Robinson on a visit to Australia praising a Coldstream Hills Pinot that was 12.8% alcohol and saying Pinot isn’t Grenache.

Drink now.

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F and D Clair Santenay 1er Cru Clos Des Mouches 2002

90 points

Burgundy, France. 13%

The last bottle of a thoroughly enjoyable case of Burgundy. Nothing forced, nothing over-blown. Gentle but it put on weight over the years and comfortably aged to 8 years old.

Not a show pony but a few years back in a small competitive tasting against 1 or 2 good Australian pinots it showed its class.

Good value.

Ostler Caroline’s Pinot Noir 2006

88+ points

Waitaki Valley, Otago, NZ. 13%

Dark wine. Dense and rich. Not charming. A masculine style of Pinot.

A bit dumb for a kiwi Pinot that’s 4 years old. I suspect it will emerge and deserve even higher points but to be honest I don’t have enough experience with NZ Pinot Noir and how they age so I could very well be wrong and this is all you will ever get. Hedge your bets either drink now or in 2-3 years time.

Judge Rock Pinot Noir 2006

points

Central Otago, NZ. 13%

From just outside Alexandra thisis a small winery I had not heard of prior to visiting Otago yet they appear to have garnered awards and even a Parker rating.

It’s a rather classic quality New World Pinot without deep colour and great extraction. Savoury and floral with bright acid. With many other open bottles of Otago Pinot this disappeared quickly. Well worth trying again. Drink now and over next 4 years.