Monthly Mix

April Mixed Dozen 2018 - Noir Syndrome II

April Mixed Dozen 2018 - Noir Syndrome II
Selected by Chris Kloss

Thin skinned, low yielding, temperamental, vulnerable, haunting and beautiful (a bit like Roscoe Halligan-Rose because he is a beautiful human being!)... Pinot Noir is a grape when converted to wine can give you mystery and allure. It is also no overstatement to say that putting together a Pinot Mixed Dozen for under $300 that lives up to the expectations of our customers is a challenge. Our dozen takes on this challenge, scouring the world's pinot hot-spots to satisfy the brief!

Starting in the Pacific North West, Oregon with Underwood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015. One suspects that Oregon is on the cusp of exploding into the consciousness of mainstream Pinot lovers. Crossing the Pacific Ocean, we stop in New Zealand with a clutch of wines which explore the diversity of styles in the land of the long white cloud. From Central Otago we have the Amen Break Pinot Noir 2015, from Martinborough we have the Palliser Estate Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2016 - one of the Kiwi's best value wines. Finally, Marlborough rounds out the Pinot Triangle in NZ with the Delta 2016.

From Australia we've represented almost all the top regions for Pinot Noir. From Geelong we've the Farr Rising Rose (100% pinot noir) and Nick Farr has made his best Rose to date. We couldn't have a Pinot Noir Mixed Dozen without both the Yarra Valley and Mornington represented: from the Yarra Valley we have two wines, Seville Estates Sewn Yarra Valley Pinot 2017 and Westwood Pinot Noir 2016 (made by Mac Forbes), Mac has a little side project making delicious wines from purchased Yarra Valley fruit that punch well above their weight and from Mornington we have the Yabby Lake Red Claw Pinot Noir 2016 - a beautiful wine with everything you expect from great Mornington Pinot! To round out our Australian selection we've the Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2016 from the Tamar Valley in Tasmania...

Our European selection has three wines for the Francophile: we cannot go past the ancestral home of Pinot Noir -Burgundy; and in this second edition of the dozen we have two. Firstly, the Bouchard Bourgogne La Vignee Rouge 2016, Bouchard has been one of the top producers of white Burgundy for living memory, but their reds have dramatically improved in the last 3 years with a change of winemaker and a new facility. Secondly a wine that is very dear to us the Domaine de Bellene Maison Dieu Bourgogne Rouge 2015, from a vintage of near perfect conditions; produced under organic practices, is a exceptional wine. To show give the Burgundians a run for their money we have the Francois Labet Pinot Noir d'Ile Beaute 2017 - a delicious Pinot made by the winemaker of the illustrious Chateau de La Tour in Clos du Vougeot! The fruit for the wine comes from vineyards in Corsica, where Labet holidays every year.

This Mixed Dozen has everything to treat your Noir Syndrome - all for $280 and Free Shipping! With a retail value of $370 this Mixed Dozen has a discount of almost 25%!