Pinot Noir 'Masterclass' 6-pack

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Pinot Noir 'Masterclass' 6-pack

400.00

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

1 x Dr. Edge Pinot Noir, Tasmania

1 x Domaine Matrot Pinot Noir, Burgundy 

1 x Burn Cottage ‘Moonlight Race’ Pinot Noir, Central Otago

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Pinot Noir 'Masterclass' 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.

We’ve selected three of the best examples of Pinot Noir from Australia in this 6-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.

Dr. Edge Pinot Noir, Tasmania

The charming and idiosyncratic Peter Dredge, who’s bio is simply “I make wine for a living in Tasmania. It's fun, you should try it,” has been busy crafting incredible Pinot Noir in Tasmania for many years now. As well as making wine at Meadowbank, he has his own label, Dr. Edge, featuring project Pinot Noirs from the North, East and South of the island, and a regional blend. The regional blend is an incredibly sexy wine, with bright red cherry, strawberry gum, and a smoky porcini note, with a silky texture, a foresty funk and an elegant, mineral length.

Domaine Matrot Pinot Noir, Burgundy 

Domaine Matrot are a sixth-generation Burgundy grower, who were among the first domaine bottlers in the region. Based in Meursault, an area famed for its powerful white wines, the Pinot Noir produced here takes a back seat, but is no less noteworthy. This is a powerful Pinot Noir with a weight reminiscent of other famed Burgundian sites, Gevrey-Chambertin and Vosne-Romanée; muscular tannins envelop black cherry, autumnal earth, truffle, cloves and Christmas spices, with a line of acidity that will allow this to age with grace for at least a decade. Bourgogne Rouge at its best.

Burn Cottage ‘Moonlight Race’ Pinot Noir, Central Otago

Burn Cottage is one of Central Otago’s greatest Pinot Noir producers, helmed by a deeply held philosophy in letting the site speak in a wine. They practise organic and biodynamic viticulture, and utilise minimum intervention techniques in the winery. Selected from three exceptional vineyard sites, Moonlight Race is made in the style of a village level Burgundy; showcasing the potential of Pinot Noir from the region from multiple parcels of fruit. Dark and dense with a brooding quality, this has savoury aromatics of dried thyme, truffle, black tea leaves and black cherry. Powerful, integrated tannins frame the fruit, which will reward a decade in the cellar without blinking.