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Monday, May 13, 2013
2011 Howard Park Flint Rock Pinot Noir (Mount Barker)
Pinot Noir from the Great Southern region in Western Australia is relatively unexplored territory for me. I’ve been impressed by the Picardy Pinot on occasions, but beyond that there is not too much that easily springs to mind. This offering is sourced from the Mount Barrow vineyard in the Mount Barker region. Howard Park describes the 2011 vintage as on the warm side of perfect.
This is a pretty impressive Pinot and certainly distinctive. Smoky undergrowth is the dominant aroma initially, and as the wine opens up cherries and some nice oak reveals themselves. To drink it is ripe but medium-bodied, with a bit of stalkiness and spice in the mix. It’s underpinned with a prominent acidity that should better integrate with another year or two in bottle. The thing that really marks it out though is a quite intense mid-palate minerality (dare I say it flinty!), giving the wine a great sense of texture. Enjoyed drinking this and worth the journey to the west. 4 Stars.
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