A curation of some of our favourite Pinot Noirs of the moment! From the bunchy and perfumed to the delicate and refined and the dense and dark, these are 6 wines featuring heavily on the rotation of our Pinot drinking schedule. Time to simmer the risotto and fill up your cup :)
2021 Combes 'Moonah' Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsular, VIC
Oscar Hermann’s releases have been some of the most exciting wines we’ve tasted in the past year. He has just released his second-round of 2021 wines and we were every bit as excited. This year's Moonah comes from Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula. More dark fruited and rich than his Yarra release, a wine to sit and ponder on in the cooler months ahead.
2021 Gentle Folk 'Village' Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills, SA
A blend of all our their vineyards plus the Wilsmore vineyard in Piccadilly, this 2021 release is light and youthful with wonderfully integrated silky tannins, structure and acidity... Perfect for pairing with nearly anything on the lunch and dinner table.
2021 Prancing Horse 'Pony' Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsular, VIC
'Pony' is the wine from Prancing Horse created from the more youthful vines of the estate. As such it is more generous in it's fruit profile and shows its vivacity and youthfulness in a wine that jumps from the glass with primary red fruit like red cherries and strawberries.
2021 Garagiste 'Balnarring' Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsular, VIC
A welcome return after a brief hiatus in 2020, the 2021 Balnarring was wild-fermented with a high portion of whole berries. The '21 is textbook Balnarring Pinot yet also offers immediate drinking pleasure. Everything about this release is amplified--invigorating acidity, soft but plentiful tannins and a rich profusion of crunchy red fruits. It's lean and sinewy, but this is counterbalanced by fleshy/pulpy fruit and a whisper of minerality on the lengthy finish.
2021 BK Wines 'Skin & Bones' Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills, SA
Skin-n-Bones – once the punk rock anarchist of the line-up – is a trusted best mate. And in 2021 – a unicorn of a growing season – with no serious heat and a bountiful harvest, there was no pressure to get the fruit off the vine, despite the notoriously narrow Pinot Noir picking window. We have been able to translate this mellowed out, easy-rider spirit straight to the bottle. A Pinot squarely in the frame where we want it to sit every vintage: raspberry red, chewy fruit, undergrowth spice, everything. Young and beautiful with a lingering finish. It truly is all that.
2021 Murdoch Hill 'Phaeton' Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills, SA
From mature vines in the Piccadilly Valley. An elegant perfumed Pinot, with scents of wild strawberries and cherry, together with a little spice. This supremely elegant, layered yet intense wine finishes with superb fine tannins on a lovely, long finish.