Medium to full red colour, with purple tints. Meaty and red cherry aromas, young and primary and brightly flavoured, with freshness and clean fruit, not especially complex, but beautifully done. A lovely core of sweet kirsch-like fruit. It has a future, too. Drink 2013-2022.
93, Huon Hooke, www.huonhooke.com, November 2013
This release from Ten Minutes by Tractor is a wine for the “look how far Australian pinot noir has come” basket. This is a gorgeous wine. Great drinking, great for the mid-term cellar, great for pulling out and impressing people. It’s complex, juicy, savoury and yet its heart is full of fruit. Best of many worlds. Dark cherry, plum, smoky oak, dried herbs and undergrowth. Much about this wine is quite perfect. Drink: 2014-2021.
93, Winefront, Campbell Mattinson, November 2013
The Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noirs that I’m seeing from the 2012 vintage are an impressive bunch so far. This is good introduction although I’ll admit it whets my appetite for the release of the single vineyard wines. Wild yeast fermented, spending 10 months in French oak barriques (18% new). Forest litter, strawberries, sap and sour cherries are the most discernible fragrances. The lighter colour is indicative of the subtlety of the wine on the palate. This is not a Pinot that relies on power. Pomegranate acidity and textured tannin work in tandem to structure the wine. The oak is prominent and takes a little while to settle but it’s not overbearing or unbalanced. Further complexity via rhubarb and Asian spice. Looked its best on the third day of tasting.
90, Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself, November 2013