Sunday, May 2, 2010

2006 PHI Lusatia Park Pinot Noir – Yarra Valley (Restaurant)

In the past 6 months I’ve had the three best Aussie Pinots I’ve ever had – the 2006 Stonier Windmill Pinot Noir, 2008 Bindi Original Pinot Noir, and now the 2006 PHI Lusatia Park Pinot Noir. This is partly a reflection of me drinking an increasing amount of this varietal, but also I think a reflection of the ever improving quality of Australian Pinot Noir.

A bottle of this was consumed for our wedding anniversary over dinner at Altitude restaurant in Sydney. Given the occasion, the stunning views of Sydney Harbour, and the superb food, this Pinot Noir was more than up to the task.

My wife kept on remarking on what a beautiful nose the wine had. It’s not an overly obvious or powerful nose but it is a stunning smelling wine with wonderful complexity. It’s delicately balanced between sweet and savoury aromas and over the course of the dinner smelt of sour cherry, strawberry, grilled nuts, rose petals, and a hint of salt. On the palate it drinks wonderfully. Nice acidity, a touch of spice and stalkiness, with a lovely core of sweet fruit on the front and mid-palate, before finishing with an overall impression of savouriness. Great structure with beautiful line and length, and lovely fine tannins. It’s a wine that is great on its own, but went beautifully with food over a number of courses, ranging from fish through to game.

You wouldn’t always say that a $55 RRP wine was good value. However, I’d argue it’s the case with this wine, as a hand-picked, single vineyard Pinot Noir, that delivers such superb quality and will age well beyond the 10 year mark.


RRP: $55
ABV: 13.5%


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