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A Yarra Valley producer has come up trumps with this glorious Pinot from the Coal River Valley in Tasmania.
By chance, I had this wine lined up with a number of others on the tasting bench a few days ago when the news came through – this fabulous Pinot Noir, made by superstar winemaker, Steve Flamsteed, had just become one of the most awarded Pinots in Australian wine show history. As the results from the Royal Queensland Show filtered through, it picked up the trophy for the ‘Best Pinot Noir’. Then it upped its game and collected ‘Best Red Table Wine’, while adding the trophy for the ‘Best Single Vineyard Red’. Then, the big one, ‘Grand Champion Wine of Show’.
It does not take much tasting to realise that all these gongs, and expect more from future shows around the land, were all very well deserved.
Made from a mix of MV6 and D5V12 clones, this is a stunning wine, but a rather deceptive one. First whiff, first taste, and nothing really jumps out. A few moments later, all manner of complexities and characters start to filter through. An array of perfumes emerge. Dark cherries, plums, warm earth, tobacco leaf, beetroot and more. A wine which manages to offer depth and gravitas at the same time as it sings like a Disney classic. This single vineyard wine is utterly seamless, hedonistically textured and has great length, throughout which the intensity never wavers for a moment.
A Pinot which will undoubtedly age, but it really is hard to imagine that many bottles will get that opportunity. 97.