April 23rd, 2010

Sarah Goes To The Local Vine

At The Local Vine last Thursday (4/16/2010) Wine Australia hosted a tasting event showcasing Pinot Noir producers from Victoria.

There were fourteen Pinots in the lineup with one Chardonnay thrown in to break up the monotony. There was not a bad wine in the bunch. At this point most of the premiere vineyards planted to Pinot Noir in Victoria are nearing twenty years of age. Now, more is expected of the resultant wines. Each of the wines varied in structure, profile, and extraction. All had gorgeous acidity making them great food wines. This speaks as much to the growing regions which are all within close proximity to Melbourne, as well as winemaker’s vision and experience. The vines are either planted at elevation thus avoiding the punishing heat of the valley floors. Or, they benefit from a diurnal temperature shift thanks to the Port Phillips Bay. These Pinot Noirs are made at small wineries by people who are committed to producing the wines of character and elegance.

2007 Bindi Composition, Macedon Range: earth, cherry, strawberry, chewy and bold

2007 Bindi Original Vineyard, Macedon Range: cherry, red currant, mint, tarragon, white pepper; cherry pomegranate, cinnamon stick

2008 Cooralook, Strathbogie Ranges and Mornington Peninsula: garrigue, earth, dry leaves, rhubarb, and cranberry

2006 Giant Steps, Yarra Valley: quiet restrained nose, cranberry earth; moderate tannins, cherry, plum, mushrooms

2009 Innocent Bystander, Victoria: quiet nose, silky mouth feel, light color, not fruit forward, earth, mushroom, rhubarb, spicy

2007 Kooyong Massale, Mornington Peninsula: juicy with tannic backbone, structure, powerful nose, mushrooms, leaves, cherry pits, raspberry

2005 Kooyong Havens, Mornington Peninsula: earthy, forest floor, garrigue, raspberry; cherry, raspberry, red currant, med tannins, med+ acidity, give me time.

2008 MacForbes, Yarra Valley: light color, cherry, cranberry, mint, round body

2007 MacForbes Woori Yallock, Yarra Valley: quiet restrained nose, red currant, cherry, earth, and pomegranate

2005 Stonier, Mornington Peninsula: lacey, cranberry, well balanced, light with good acid.

2007 Yabby Lake, Mornington Peninsula: horsey, truffle, forest floor, leather, cherry pits, cranberry, pomegranate

2007 Yering Station, Yarra Valley: med acid, med tannins, fruity palate, cedar, smoke, bacon, spices

2006 Yering Station Reserve, Yarra Valley:  rich style, cherry, dirt leather, balanced

2008 Yering Station Little Yering, Yarra Valley: light, cranberry, cherry, slate, ripe and ready, but with more depth of flavor than expected from a wine at this price.

2007 Bindi Composition, Chardonnay: restrained flowery nose, toast, ginger, jasmine, green tea, pear tatine, smoke, petrol, fragrant