Pinot Noir 'Masterclass' 3-pack

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Pinot Noir 'Masterclass' 3-pack


1 x Curly Flat Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges

1 x Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley

1 x Ocean Eight Aylward Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula

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Pinot Noir 'Masterclass' 3-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.

We’ve selected three of the best examples of Pinot Noir from Australia in this 3-pack. The result is a liquid masterclass of this noble variety. 

Curly Flat Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges

Curly Flat, founded in 1993, has been a powerhouse of Macedon Pinot Noir since its inception. An unfaltering attention to detail has seen Curly Flat develop a cult following in Australia and internationally, and their Pinot Noir is one of the most collected and cellared wines in Australia. Their viticultural practises have always been carefully thought out, from the use of biodynamics to an absence of pesticides. Matt Harrop, of Shadowfax fame, is now the chief winemaker. The 2015 vintage has vibrant red fruit and floral notes, super fine tannins combine with a powerful, velvety mouthfeel and earthen, twiggy spices lingering on the palate. Will age beautifully for a decade.

Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is home to some of Australia’s greatest Pinot Noir. Far from uniform, the Valley has been carefully studied and divided into Burgundian style sub-terroirs, allowing even further expression of this noble grape. The Applejack Vineyard is a higher altitude site than most others in the valley, and the wine that Steve Flamsteed produces from this exceptional site is always highly sought after. The 2017 vintage is a wine of exceptional brightness and fruit expression. With sour cherry and red apple skin qualities, followed by herbaceous bramble, with autumnal earthy tannins. Delicious now, although Flamsteed recommends cellaring between two and ten years for this site.

Ocean Eight Aylward Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula

Mike Aylward is producing some of the best wines on the Mornington Peninsula. Situated on what could be considered the “Côte d’Or” of the Mornington Peninsula, Main Ridge to Red Hill, Ocean Eight’s prestigious neighbours include Main Ridge Estate and Ten Minutes by Tractor. Their perfumed and elegant Pinot Noir leads with red cherries and strawberries, floral notes, and some warm spice notes. With fine, minerally tannins, crisp acidity and silken fruit, it glides across the palate with such ease that it’s dangerous. A superstar of the Mornington Peninsula.