It's here again! The Pinot Party dozen.
This finnicky variety is certainly dear to our hearts. By its nature, growing and making wine from it is a labour of love. It only likes just the right temperatures, just the right weather and has to be handled ever so carefully in the winery - a precocious varietal to say the least. But get it right and there are few varieties that can match its charm and majesty.
We are always on the lookout for great Pinot at every price and finding Pinot that is top-quality, that has varietal character as well showing off a sense of place - something Pinot does so well - along with that little x-factor is the real trick and no easy feat but we are always up for the challenge think we nailed another one.
This months pack has few names you probably recognise like Moorooduc, De Bortoli, Oakridge and Seville Estate. These well established producers continue to put out incredible value wines and the quality from them across the board is truly incredible. How they do it, year and year out is a testament to the talents of the growers, winemakers and all involved. We tip our hats to you!
While we are spoilt for choice here in Victoria we often forget to include Adelaide Hills pinot into our repertoire. We would be the first to admit that it can be a little hit and miss, but in the hands of the right winemaker, like Michael hall, its a home-run in our minds. The Sang de Pigeon is proof of this and one of best pinots from the 'hills' we have tried in a long time.
The Lake Hayes pinot from Central Otago stalwarts, Amisfield, is a brand new venture and has allowed them to source fruit from all over Otago and made under the watchful eye of Greg Lane. This is a great intro to what this Kiwi pinot stronghold can produce and a terrific effort by the team. Bravo!
From France, the Petite Perrier is a surprising blend of Loire Valley fruit and fruit from sourced from the great southwest. We were more than pleasantly surprised when this got flung across our desk. It's a charming little number with plenty of up-front fruit and immediate appeal that still manages to pack in that x-factor we are always on the lookout for.
While that is just a little snapshot of some of the great wines in this months dozen it also includes wines from Bass River in Gippsland, Even Keel from the Mornington Peninsula, Vina Ventisquero from Chili (yes! you read that right), our very own 2a Pinot from Macedon and the ever excellent Clyde Park out of Geelong. Enjoy!