Montalto Merricks Block Pinot Noir 2012

The Mornington Peninsula has come along way.  Or at least that’s what I was thinking while I tasted this wine.  Comparisons to Burgundy are overused to describe pinot noir grown outside of Burgundy, but frankly benchmarks are benchmarks, and this pinot noir from Montalto in the Mornington Peninsula performed well, bearing more than a passingContinue reading “Montalto Merricks Block Pinot Noir 2012”

Domaine A et P de Villaine Mercurey Les Montots 2007

Aubert de Villaine, he of RomanĂ©e-Conti fame, established this particular domaine separately from his DRC interests. Management was handed over to his nephew, Pierre de Benoist in 2000.  This particular wine, a pinot noir – Mercurey Les Montots – is situated on a south facing slope outside the town of Mercurey.  Helpful further particulars canContinue reading “Domaine A et P de Villaine Mercurey Les Montots 2007”

Simonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut NV

For less than $20, there’s some good sparkling wine to be had here from Simonnet-Febvre. CrĂ©mant de Bourgogne is made using the traditional method (i.e. the same method as used in Champagne), but is made outside of the Champagne region, in this case in Burgundy.  The blend is 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir.  Continue reading “Simonnet-Febvre CrĂ©mant de Bourgogne Brut NV”

Yering Station Village Pinot Noir 2011

Yering Station’s 2011 “Village” pinot noir is almost a rosĂ© like ruby in colour.  It has medium intensity and developing aromatics of spices (mainly oregano), earth and plum skins, reminding more of a regional AOC Burgundy than something from the Yarra Valley.  The palate has soft tannins, medium body, and some real flavour.  It givesContinue reading “Yering Station Village Pinot Noir 2011”

A first growth Bordeaux tasting of the 2008 vintage

Stratospheric pricing means that certain wines that helped to define previous generations of wine lovers and wine writers are out of the reach of many, if not most.  I write specifically with the Bordeaux first growths in mind, but the same may be said for the leading wines of Burgundy, which are frequently not onlyContinue reading “A first growth Bordeaux tasting of the 2008 vintage”

Montalto Estate Pinot Noir 2010

I get to taste a lot of pinot noir due mostly to the proximity of Melbourne to Victoria’s principal pinot noir growing regions – the Mornington Peninsula, Geelong, the Yarra Valley and the Macedon Ranges – and probably in part because the current local obsession with red Burgundy continues.  This pinot from Montalto is aContinue reading “Montalto Estate Pinot Noir 2010”