A decade. It’s a long time, although more recent ones seem quicker and less formed. For Australian pinot noir, a decade of cellaring holds an element of risk. Would vibrant pinot noir fruit mature or just gently fade away? We turn then to our subject here, the 2004 pinot noir from Scotchmans Hill, grown down on the Bellarine Peninsula outside of Geelong.
In the glass, there are aromatics that remind of mature cherry, earth and well worn cedar. On the palate, the acidity tastes a little separate, but the impression is rounded and pleasant, with notes of cherry and gentle wood spice. This wine is slender and more willowy than its youth, but is nonetheless a lovely drink.