Wednesday, September 25, 2013

2012 Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir (Mornington Peninsula)

This is Montalto’s entry level Pinot and I reckon this goes really well as a bistro wine. It has plenty of flavour but retains a lightness and appealing pinosity. Flavours of cherry, five spice and a hint of smokiness. Oak is a nice contributor. Lovely mid palate richness in a loose knit structure. Nice wine if a touch dear.


RRP: $30
ABV: 13.0%
Closure: Screwcap
Drink: 2013-2017


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

2012 Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley)

This wine has become one of my automatic cellar inclusions each year. The 2012 keeps up the superb value for money tradition.
Needs another year or so in bottle but it’s already pretty damn drinkable. It’s lithe, balanced and has a nice touch of mid-palate richness. Flavours of cherry, five spice, orange peel, and touches of smokiness and undergrowth. Oak is nicely integrated.  I think this wine might be at its most enjoyable over the next few years, but the fruit, structure, and balance all suggest it will go the long haul as well.

Rated: 4 Stars
RRP: $19
ABV: 13.2%
Drink: 2014-2021


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