Posts Tagged ‘Pinot Noir’

Red Claw Pinot Noir 2010

Posted: December 5, 2012 in Australia
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Red Claw Pinot Noir 2010

Vintage: 2010

Style: Light-mid bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula  

Overview:   So a while ago I mentioned that people who are just starting to get into wine normally struggle with the variety Pinot Noir. My theory for this is that wine wankers, like myself, use descriptors such as game, mushroom and forest floor. While all these characters are typical of Pinot Noir when a beginner hears words like this strung together it would be difficult for them not think of a dead deer, rotting in a forest with toadstools growing around it.

I’ve been looking for a good Pinot Noir that displays the fresh, vibrant fruit characters of Pinot without these gamey, forest floor flavours to give newcomers to the world of wine an example of a simpler version of Pinot to ease them into falling in love with this great variety. As you recognize the simple characters of Pinot Noir you will come to appreciate the more complex. It’s like being attracted to someone for their good looks but falling for them for their subtleties and personality (I know, I know, I’m a massive tool).

This wine is made by the team at Yabby Lake, arguably one of the most recognized wineries out of the Mornington Peninsula.

Tasting note: Sour cherry on the nose, a touch of strawberry. On the palate the fruit characters are fresh and vibrant, cherry and violets.  Finishes with soft tannins. Simple but quite enjoyable.

Final Say:  Sells for around $20 a bottle and is sure to spark a Pinot love affair,

Score: 16.5 out of 20

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Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2010

Country: New Zealand

Region: Central Otago


Overview: Welcome to volume 2 of the chronicles of Freddie Mercury the stinky, grumpy bunny. For volume 1 visit: As mentioned in my last Pinot Noir review some people struggle with Pinot Noir when they hear descriptors like game and forest floor. Truth is that Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile grape varieties; it can make a light, savoury, complex wine or a fuller, brooding style. It also one of the main varieties used for making sparkling wines and can make a great rosé.

It is also, I believe, the most romantic variety. Yeah, yeah, I can hear you groan and say ‘what a wanker’ but when you say the word Burgundy to even a wine novice they know of its greatness in the kingdom of wine. At least I hope that is the case, perhaps the reason their eyes light up is because they believe Burgundy is not the most famous wine made from Pinot Noir but the birth place of Jim Beam and Cola.

Taking cues from Burgundy, Central Otago have been making some highly commendable Pinot Noir in recent years and Mt Difficulty has been one of my favourite producers from the region.

Tasting note: Red fruit, game (aka smelly, grumpy bunny) and forest floor on the nose. A peppery palate supported by cherry characters, red fruit, game and finishes with a racy acid. Soft, silky tannins add to a velvety mouth-feel.


Final Say: Freddie Mercury the transgender bunny (she was bought as a he but turns out she’s a she) says buy this wine. It sells for around $30 a bottle. It’s a little bit lighter than the Estate Pinot Noir but great value.


Score: 18.5 out of 20 (93 out of 100)


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Cosmo Pinot Noir 2010

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Variety: Pinot Noir

Region: Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, Australia

Overview: I have found that Pinot Noir is one of those varieties that people either love or hate. I’m a self confessed Pinophile, I love the grape but I do understand why people struggle with it and I think I know why- Pinot Noir’s nose and palate is often described with words like gamey, forest floor and barnyard. To someone who isn’t used to the flavours of Pinot Noir this sounds like the scent of an above ground grave in a forest right? So I wanted to find a Pinot Noir which does not display these characters so people who haven’t been able to get their heads around Pinot Noir.

Its strange, we have a very grumpy, naughty rabbit named Freddie Mercury that lives with us, he smells of game, barnyard and forest floor (due to the straw in his lavish cage) but I have no desire to sit down and sniff at him like I can a good Pinot Noir. The Cosmo Pinot Noir, I must resist the urge to call it Cosmo Kramer Pinot Noir, shows the fruit characters of Pinot Noir and leaves out the strange stuff.

Tasting Note: Vibrant ruby in colour. A nose of maraschino cherries and strawberry, these flavours continue onto the palate and are joined by characters of pepper and menthol and a cleansing acid. It is lighter in body and matches perfectly with lighter red meats and pork. It sells for between $15 and $20.

Final Say: This is a great Pinot Noir to help you appreciate the variety and if you’re a Pinophile like me it’s refreshing to find a great Pinot at a reasonable price.


Score: 16.5 Give it a try, it’s a great drop (83 out of 100).

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