German producer Villa Wolf make some absolutely fabulous, great value wine. This Pinot Noir Rosé from the Rhine River Valley is a great crowd pleaser. The wine has a delicate red berry aroma, with notes of strawberry, red currant and stone fruits. A hint of residual sugar adds a roundness to the palate, elegantly balanced by fresh acidity.
German Pinot, fun, fruity , tastes like Pinot ! for not much money ! Pale cherry red colour. There’s an attractive herby, savoury, minerally character to the nose which shows some lightly aromatic red cherry fruit.
Brilliant value French Pinot Noir that runs rings around most Burgundy costing 2/3 times as much. From the obscure Auvergne region in central France offering great purity of fruit and freshness. Brought to our attention by the Liberator/Cape Crusader himself Richard Kelley MW.
Great Value new wave Chilean Pinot which is quite a profound experience for the money. It`s made from a selection of young vines mainly sourced from hillside blocks planted on a mixture of red clay and decomposed granite. The wine was aged for a total of 9 months in second use French oak barrels before being bottled with minimal filtration.
This is a great cool climate Pinot Noir from the esteemed Aconcagua Costa Valley in Chile. The grapes were hand picked to ensure optimum ripeness and quality. The wine was aged for 10 months in French Oak barrels to gain complexity without overpowering the fresh fruit character.
Proof that German Pinot is a serious contender (actually now the 3rd biggest grower of Pinot Noir in the world ). Beautiful display of classic ruby colours, cherry and raspberry like flavours and aromas. A hint of oak from the barrique barrel ageing, well balanced, soft acidity and ripe finish. Well worth investigating.
The grapes for this wine come from their estate vineyards on the Felton Road. Handpicked and hand crafted, this wine reflects the nature of the vintage displaying great concentration and balance. Red fruits of the forest along with blackberries dominate the aroma, these are underpinned by savoury herb and liquorice.
Displaying the exuberance of the Central Coast, this bright, young Pinot Noir leaps out of the glass with a nose dominated by black cherry, blackberry and plum with complex underlying notes of cedar and warm baking spice.
The wine has an aroma of savoury ripe plum and cherry with a hint of game and smoky oak. Light to medium bodied with round, mouthfilling flavours of plum and cherry, pleasing weight and a long elegant finish with good acidity. Oak integrates nicely with the fruit and helps with the silky tannin structure.
LAID-BACK GUYS, STAND-OUT WINES. The Other Guys (TOG) siblings Mia & August Sebastiani, are determined to make wines that will continue their family’s reputation for quality winemaking . Gorgeous aromas of earthy mushroom and fresh raspberry are highlighted by notes of fresh violet and ripe plum.
The bouquet is complex with scents reminiscent of wild berries, sour cherries and violets. On the palate the wine shows medium body with fruit flavours balanced elegantly by tannin in a long lingering finish.
“Make great wine for drinking and enjoying; not crowing over”. Briary chocolate and just a hint of stemmy spice on the nose. Musk and brambly red berries combine with orange peel, dark cocoa powder and roasted coffee beans. Wet red earth and undergrowth. The palate shows spicy clovey notes with a Campari like stalkiness.
The Heirloom Vineyards Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir was produced from a single site in the Adelaide Hills. This quartz-laden site is free draining and the vines face north. Heirloom use their own Pinot Noir clones and handtend
Finding a good value californian Pinot Noir is difficult so we were pleased when we tasted the Jackhammer - it packs a punch but is not a simple fruitbomb by any means, with a good measure of finesse and complexity - good to drink anytime.
The clean, fresh and distinctly aromatic style comes from meticulous winemaking with stainless steel and temperature control. This single vineyard Sancerre rosé has the added complexity of mineral flavours on the mid weight, creamy textured palate.
Classic California Pinot Noir character of ripe, red cherry and violets, with some richer fig undertones overlaid with a touch of vanilla oak. Medium bodied with vibrant acidity and plush cherry fruit, elegantly balanced with silky tannins and velvety texture. Elegant, ripe and hugely appealing.
Bourgogne-Vézelay should be considered a sub-region to Burgundy, much in the same way as Chablis or Saint-Bris are. The vineyards surround the hillsides below the town, extending to the neighbouring communes of Asquins, Saint-Père and Tharoiseau.
Purity, vibrancy and harmonious balance result from the careful selection and blending of specific clones grown on clay soils in the cool Elgin Valley. A broad, seductive compote of concentrated black cherries, cranberries and savoury forest floor aspects is supported by dry oak tannins.