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Here Comes… Pinot Noir ’17

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With autumn upon us, our annual homage to Pinot Noir is back!

This year’s pack ropes together some of the most revered producers of Pinot Noir from both home and abroad, covering a diversity of winemaking styles and taking a guided tour through the vineyards of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and New Zealand, as well as the home and Holy Grail of Pinot, France’s Burgundy. Whether you know little about Pinot Noir, or a lot, there is something here for everyone.

As a word of caution, though, the popularity of last year’s Pinot pack saw it sell out in record time. Coupled with the fact that some of these wines are in dangerously short supply, we fully expect this year’s pack will do the same. First in, best dressed – and we hope you enjoy this year’s selection.

Happy drinking!
The Drinks List Team

Large Pack (12 Bottles) - Here Comes… Pinot Noir ’17
$350 inc GST
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  • 1. DE BORTOLI ‘Villages’ Pinot Noir 2016
    YARRA VALLEY, VICTORIA

    It defies all logic, but team De Bortoli have done it again, with yet another ripping example of Pinot Noir that seriously over delivers. Drawn from the Yarra Valley ‘villages’ of Tarrawarra & Dixons Creek, expect a wine that oozes smells of sweet red cherry, wild mushroom & spice. The palate is mid-weight, bright & juicy, with a wave of fine savoury tannins to finish. Drink it with cumin-spiced lamb ribs straight off the barbecue.

  • 2. MAYER ‘Bloody Hill’ Pinot Noir 2016
    YARRA VALLEY, VICTORIA

    Timo Mayer’s ‘Bloody Hill’ vineyard (named due to the effort required to walk up it) sits about 5 km south of Healesville at the base of Mt Toolebewong & consistently produces some of our favourite Australian wines, year in, year out. The latest ‘Bloody Hill’ Pinot is nothing short of sublime. Expect a fragrant, pretty & multi-layered nose, where smells of wild raspberry, red currant & briar lead to a mouthful of wine that’s incredibly pure, silky in texture & perfectly framed by gentle acidity & a wash of superfine tannin. Drink it with soft smelly cheese & good company.

  • 3. GEMBROOK HILL ‘Village’ Pinot Noir 2014
    YARRA VALLEY, VICTORIA

    We were hugely saddened to hear of the recent passing of Ian Marks – Gembrook Hills founder & modern Yarra pioneer. Marks’ contribution to Victorian wine was enormous, & as such it’s an honour to include this wine in the selection. With vineyard & winemaking duties having been in the capable hands of Timo Mayer & Andrew Marks for some years now, expect layers of punnet fruit, sap & spice on the nose, while the palate is silky, long & intense. Drink it with Sunday roast chicken & chestnuts.

  • 4. LE STAGIAIRE BY GARAGISTE Pinot Noir 2016
    MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA

    Drawn from select vineyards around Balnarring & Tuerong, Le Stagiaire (‘the trainee’) continues to stake its claim as one of the best sub-$30 examples of Pinot in the country. With the talented Barney Flanders behind the controls, this is delicious drink-now Pinot where layers of black fruit, sap, star anise & clove make way for a mouthful of wine that’s bright, silky textured & beautifully knit. Drink it with chargrilled lamb cutlets & salsa verde.

  • 5. MOOROODUC ESTATE ‘Devil Bend Creek’ Pinot Noir 2016
    MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA

    Softly spoken, considered & obsessive about both quality & detail, we’ve long been fans of Moorooduc Estate’s Rick McIntyre. We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon tasting through barrels of Rick’s 2016s, including the blending components for the utterly delicious 'Devil Bend Creek' Pinot. Expect a pure & concentrated nose of red punnet fruit, porcini, leaf & spice, while the palate is delicately textured, long, rich & fine. Drink it with mushroom pappardelle.

  • 6. APPELLATION BALLARAT Pinot Noir 2015
    COGHILLS CREEK, VICTORIA

    Assembled by the talented Owen Latta, & drawing on fruit from the Latta family’s Eastern Peake vineyards, Appellation Ballarat is a darker shade of Pinot that oozes upfront drinkability & style. Expect a nose layered with smells of black cherry, spiced plum & dried leaf, while the palate knits cool dark fruit with vibrant acidity & uber-fine tannin. Drink it with coq au vin.

  • 7. DIRTY THREE Pinot Noir 2016
    SOUTH GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA

    Winemaker Marcus Satchell is passionate about dirt, especially that found in his native South Gippsland. He’s also fiercely passionate about Pinot Noir, handcrafting a number of examples under his Dirty Three label. Drawn from three vineyards around Leongatha, expect a wave of red & black fruit, exotic spice & nicely knit cedar-like oak on the nose, while the palate is plush, beautifully fruited, long, fine & savoury. Drink it with Chinese poached chicken, steamed greens & rice.

  • 8. BK WINES ‘Skin n’ Bones’ Pinot Noir 2016
    ADELAIDE HILLS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

    It’s no great secret that Adelaide Hills-based winemaker Brendon Keys enjoys pushing the envelope. From an epic line-up of new releases, BK’s ‘Skin n’ Bones’ Pinot dials the good times all the way up to 11. Fermented wild (including 70% whole bunches) & kept on skins for 100 days post ferment, expect a wine loaded with pretty spice, wild red fruit & dried herb smells, while the palate is mineral-textured, delicate & long. Drink it with hot-smoked trout & potato salad.

  • 9. GLAETZER-DIXON ‘Tasmania Nouveau’ Pinot Noir 2016
    MULTI-REGIONAL, TASMANIA

    Nick Glaetzer’s ‘Tasmania Nouveau’ is unadulterated Pinot Noir in its most delicious form. With zero oak influence, & drawing heavily on carbonic maceration for brightness & bounce, expect to find an incredibly fragrant & pretty nose where smells of blue fruit, wild flowers, sap & sweet spice make way for a palate that’s delicate, mineral-textured & super light on its feet. Drink it with miso-grilled salmon.

  • 10. WAIRAU RIVER Pinot Noir 2015
    MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND

    While Martinborough might boast the oldest Pinot vines in New Zealand, & Central Otago the dreamiest mix of clones, examples such as this one from Wairau River show that Marlborough can comfortably mix it with the best the country has to offer. Showing intense varietal character & charm, expect a generous nose of sour cherry & raspberry-like fruit, while silky texture, sleek tannins & serious length of flavour all work to create an utterly delicious mouthful of wine. Drink it with chargrilled quail.

  • 11. CHARTERIS Pinot Noir 2013
    CENTRAL OTAGO, NEW ZEALAND

    Founded by P.J. Charteris & partner Chrissi Pattison in 2008, Charteris Wines has quickly grown to rank among the top producers in Central Otago. For want of a better term, the ‘entry-level’ Pinot is sublime. Drawn from vineyards in Bannockburn & Lowburn, expect a core of tightly wound fruit, cool earth & sweet spice, while the palate is plush & multi-layered with heaps of fruit, lively acid, superfine tannin & a structured drying end. Drink it with duck pie.

  • 12. DOMAINE FAIVELEY Bourgogne 2014
    BURGUNDY, FRANCE

    Since Erwan Faiveley took the reigns from his retiring father, there’s been a deliberate & obvious shift in the quality of wines coming out of the Faiveley stable. The basic Bourgogne Rouge is a great example. Offering serious bang for buck, this is stylish modern burgundy where a multi-layered nose of sweet dark plums, macerated cherries & spicy new oak make way for a mouthful of wine that’s soft, mineral-textured, long & direct. Fresh acidity & a wash of fine chalky tannins keep things nicely framed. Drink it with confit duck.

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Medium Pack (6 Bottles) - Here Comes… Pinot Noir ’17
$180 inc GST
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  • 1. MAYER ‘Bloody Hill’ Pinot Noir 2016
    YARRA VALLEY, VICTORIA

    Timo Mayer’s ‘Bloody Hill’ vineyard (named due to the effort required to walk up it) sits about 5 km south of Healesville at the base of Mt Toolebewong & consistently produces some of our favourite Australian wines, year in, year out. The latest ‘Bloody Hill’ Pinot is nothing short of sublime. Expect a fragrant, pretty & multi-layered nose, where smells of wild raspberry, red currant & briar lead to a mouthful of wine that’s incredibly pure, silky in texture & perfectly framed by gentle acidity & a wash of superfine tannin. Drink it with soft smelly cheese & good company.

  • 2. MOOROODUC ESTATE ‘Devil Bend Creek’ Pinot Noir 2016
    MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA

    Softly spoken, considered & obsessive about both quality & detail, we’ve long been fans of Moorooduc Estate’s Rick McIntyre. We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon tasting through barrels of Rick’s 2016s, including the blending components for the utterly delicious 'Devil Bend Creek' Pinot. Expect a pure & concentrated nose of red punnet fruit, porcini, leaf & spice, while the palate is delicately textured, long, rich & fine. Drink it with mushroom pappardelle.

  • 3. BK WINES ‘Skin n’ Bones’ Pinot Noir 2016
    ADELAIDE HILLS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

    It’s no great secret that Adelaide Hills-based winemaker Brendon Keys enjoys pushing the envelope. From an epic line-up of new releases, BK’s ‘Skin n’ Bones’ Pinot dials the good times all the way up to 11. Fermented wild (including 70% whole bunches) & kept on skins for 100 days post ferment, expect a wine loaded with pretty spice, wild red fruit & dried herb smells, while the palate is mineral-textured, delicate & long. Drink it with hot-smoked trout & potato salad.

  • 4. GLAETZER-DIXON ‘Tasmania Nouveau’ Pinot Noir 2016
    MULTI-REGIONAL, TASMANIA

    Nick Glaetzer’s ‘Tasmania Nouveau’ is unadulterated Pinot Noir in its most delicious form. With zero oak influence, & drawing heavily on carbonic maceration for brightness & bounce, expect to find an incredibly fragrant & pretty nose where smells of blue fruit, wild flowers, sap & sweet spice make way for a palate that’s delicate, mineral-textured & super light on its feet. Drink it with miso-grilled salmon.

  • 5. WAIRAU RIVER Pinot Noir 2015
    MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND

    While Martinborough might boast the oldest Pinot vines in New Zealand, & Central Otago the dreamiest mix of clones, examples such as this one from Wairau River show that Marlborough can comfortably mix it with the best the country has to offer. Showing intense varietal character & charm, expect a generous nose of sour cherry & raspberry-like fruit, while silky texture, sleek tannins & serious length of flavour all work to create an utterly delicious mouthful of wine. Drink it with chargrilled quail.

  • 6. DOMAINE FAIVELEY Bourgogne 2014
    BURGUNDY, FRANCE

    Since Erwan Faiveley took the reigns from his retiring father, there’s been a deliberate & obvious shift in the quality of wines coming out of the Faiveley stable. The basic Bourgogne Rouge is a great example. Offering serious bang for buck, this is stylish modern burgundy where a multi-layered nose of sweet dark plums, macerated cherries & spicy new oak make way for a mouthful of wine that’s soft, mineral-textured, long & direct. Fresh acidity & a wash of fine chalky tannins keep things nicely framed. Drink it with confit duck.

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6 Cracking bottles for $180 inc GST
Small Pack (3 Bottles) - Here Comes… Pinot Noir ’17
$90 inc GST
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  • 1. MOOROODUC ESTATE ‘Devil Bend Creek’ Pinot Noir 2016
    MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA

    Softly spoken, considered & obsessive about both quality & detail, we’ve long been fans of Moorooduc Estate’s Rick McIntyre. We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon tasting through barrels of Rick’s 2016s, including the blending components for the utterly delicious 'Devil Bend Creek' Pinot. Expect a pure & concentrated nose of red punnet fruit, porcini, leaf & spice, while the palate is delicately textured, long, rich & fine. Drink it with mushroom pappardelle.

  • 2. WAIRAU RIVER Pinot Noir 2015
    MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND

    While Martinborough might boast the oldest Pinot vines in New Zealand, & Central Otago the dreamiest mix of clones, examples such as this one from Wairau River show that Marlborough can comfortably mix it with the best the country has to offer. Showing intense varietal character & charm, expect a generous nose of sour cherry & raspberry-like fruit, while silky texture, sleek tannins & serious length of flavour all work to create an utterly delicious mouthful of wine. Drink it with chargrilled quail.

  • 3. DOMAINE FAIVELEY Bourgogne 2014
    BURGUNDY, FRANCE

    Since Erwan Faiveley took the reigns from his retiring father, there’s been a deliberate & obvious shift in the quality of wines coming out of the Faiveley stable. The basic Bourgogne Rouge is a great example. Offering serious bang for buck, this is stylish modern burgundy where a multi-layered nose of sweet dark plums, macerated cherries & spicy new oak make way for a mouthful of wine that’s soft, mineral-textured, long & direct. Fresh acidity & a wash of fine chalky tannins keep things nicely framed. Drink it with confit duck.

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3 Cracking bottles for $90 inc GST