A couple of Victorian pinot noirs

There are so many interesting styles of pinot noir coming out of Victoria at the moment.  I would be curious to see the latest planting statistics.  If you have access to them, please chime in.  Here are two that caught my interest.

Dominique Portet Origine Gippsland Pinot Noir 2013

Gippsland has substantial potential as a wine region, and this wine is from grapes grown in dairy country in Leongatha South.  It is utterly delicious, finding a savoury character that few Australian pinot noirs capture.  Subtle earth and floral aromatics are met on the palate with an expression of savoury cherries.  This wine has terrific balance and gentle but persistent length.  A must buy.  Very Good

Toolangi Estate Pinot Noir 2014

The 2014 vintage of Toolangi’s Estate pinot noir is made at Coldstream Hills.  In terms of stylistic influences, the wine sees 20% new oak and 30% whole bunches in the ferment.  The fruit is from Dixon’s Creek.  Its aromatics remind of cherry, cedar, fresh bacon and wood smoke.  There’s good length on the palate in a medium bodied style, with some cedar overtones.  Good

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