Port Phillip Estate Pinot Noir 2001

This wine made me stand up and take notice.  It will not appeal to all palates.  However, it unexpectedly quite resembled a Côte de Nuits villages Burgundy.  And just to be clear, in my view, pinot noir does not need to resemble Burgundian pinot noir to be good.  Sometimes it helps because Burgundy is after all a reference point for outstanding pinot noir, but I think that good pinot noir is capable of being produced elsewhere (I currently find that the Martinborough and Geelong regions suit me best), and it is entitled to have its own personality.  It just so happens that this particular Mornington Peninsula pinot noir in my opinion in fact reminded me of a villages wine.

Made by Lindsay McCall of Paringa Estate, it has a fading brick colour with medium(-) intensity.  On the nose, the wine has a delicate medium intensity aroma of cherries, herbs (thyme and mint) and dried spices.  The palate has medium(+) acidity, is evocative of savoury cherries and has a dried herbs and autumnal leaves character to it.  This is an interesting wine that I think is several years past its prime drinking window, but is nonetheless enjoyable at 11 years of age.  85 points (very good)

Abv: 14%
Price: around $20
Vendors: try auction
Website: http://www.portphillipestate.com.au/
Tasted: April 2012

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