2018 Pinot Noir 'Explorer' 6-pack
2018 Pinot Noir 'Explorer' 6-pack
1 x Williams Crossing Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges
1 x Crittenden Estate Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
1 x Precipice Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
1 x Maude Pinot Noir, Central Otago
1 x Olivier Leflaive Pinot Noir, Burgundy
1 x Ampel Pinot Noir, Tasmania
Pinot Noir 'Explorer' 6-pack
Unlike any other variety, a love affair with Pinot Noir is a rollercoaster ride – each dizzying high comes with a lurching descent. It can be exceptionally hard to find consistency and quality with Pinot Noir, and there is always a price tag attached to the best wines. Pinot Noir is known as the heartbreak grape because it is hard to grow, hard to ripen, hard to vinify, and needs expensive, good-quality oak to truly shine. Bad Pinot can be thin, astringent, sour, bitter, hard – just to name a few common adjectives. But good Pinot Noir is one of the best wine experiences in the world – seductive, silken, wildly aromatic; vibrant, velvety and seamless. That’s why we’ve scoured the best regions, styles and winemakers to create an array of Pinot Noir that is truly worth celebrating.
Williams Crossing Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges
The cool, mist drenched Mount Macedon can produce simply magical Pinot Noir upon its hallowed soils. Two names in particular stand out; Bindi, and Curly Flat. Founded in 1993, Curly Flat use careful viticultural practises, including well-thought out biodynamics and an unfaltering attention to detail. Their Pinot Noir is one of the most collected wines in Australia. Williams Crossing is somewhat of a baby Curly Flat Pinot – a velvety and elegant wine, this homage to its older sibling is laden with black cherries, fine tannins, and aromatic, twiggy spices woven throughout.
Crittenden Estate Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula is one of the more recent Pinot Noir sites that rose to fame; the coastal surrounds and moderate temperatures making it an ideal spot to retire by the beach and plant a vineyard. The style of the Peninsula is quite voluptuous and broad, with a plushness of texture that begs another glass. Crittenden Estate’s offering is opulently aromatic, with lifted red cherries, floral notes and a smoky, truffle character giving a lovely savoury twist to the wine.
Precipice Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is home to some of Australia’s greatest Pinot Noir; producing an elegant, structured style with a gorgeous aromatic lift. Far from uniform, the Valley has been carefully studied in recent years and divided into Burgundian style sub-terroirs, allowing even further expression of this noble grape. Precipice is a gorgeous, lifted Pinot Noir with vibrant acidity, showing red cherries, sour plum, and a lovely earthy, mineral undercurrent. With a supple texture, it is light on its feet without losing any character or intensity.
Maude Pinot Noir, Central Otago
The stark peaks of Central Otago cut a dramatic figure across the landscape of Queenstown. They’re integral to the Pinot Noir that Otago produces. An incredibly dry wine region, its climate means that it goes from extreme heat and sunlight during the day, to bitterly cold overnight. The hard, rocky soils require the grapes to delve that extra step in search of nutrition. The resulting wines are concentrated, dense and powerful. A beguiling spice laden nose leads to a full bodied, structured wine laden with sappy cherry, clove, and Christmas Cake spice.
Olivier Leflaive Pinot Noir, Burgundy
From Burgundy’s legendary Côte d’Or, or ‘hills of gold’, this Pinot Noir presents a well-woven tale of tradition and progress in the grape’s homeland. The highly patchworked nature of Burgundy, with its tiny parcels, soil variation and climatic challenges all contribute to the exorbitant cost of some of the wines. This offering from Leflaive is however a great introduction into the world of Burgundy. With pretty upfront cherry and strawberry notes, combined with the classic wild, foresty characters of Burgundy, this is clean, elegant, and not overworked. Gentle tannins frame the structure and provide more depth and complexity.
Ampel Pinot Noir, Tasmania
The most marginal climate for producing Pinot Noir in Australia is Tasmania, and for many years the vintage variation was significant between a good and bad year. Now, as the weather warms up globally, Tasmania is producing tiny parcels of utterly ethereal Pinot Noir – highly aromatic, incredibly complex, and with incredible diversity in the wines. This is laden with bright black cherry, wild strawberry and forest floor notes. Simply effortless to drink, and a good introduction to the beautiful wines of Tasmania.