The 2018 Honourable 'M's Mixed Dozen
Winery : Various
From Pinot Shop's 11th Tasmanian Pinot Showcase, owner Michele Round made her personal picks. Two of each in the mixed dozen.
2012 Kelvedon Cellar Release Pinot Noir (EAST COAST): This impeccable Pinot from a much-loved producer and much-lauded vintage wowed tasters in Melbourne in June and had many talking last Saturday. It is simply divine, harmonious in every aspect.
2015 Glen Ayr Pinot Noir (COAL R): This wine is a marvel - quite low in alcohol but with complex and lingering flavours. Old vines (more than 40 YO) are part of the story, as is the Casimaty's viticulture.
2017 Glaetzer-Dixon Avance Pinot Noir (COAL R): Fresh and vivacious pinot from Nick Glaetzer. It drinks so well in its youth and this, slightly more concentrated version in V17, is no different. Raspberry brioche, food-friendly savouriness, very appealing.
2017 Mewstone Pinot Noir (CHANNEL): Lots of comments from other tasters too for Jonny Hughes' D'Entrecasteaux Channel beauty. Glycerol flow across the palate, finishing with talc-like tannins. Elegant and serene. The junior '17 Hughes & Hughes also caught my eye.
2015 Morningside Six Long Rows Pinot Noir (COAL R): Peter Bosworth only makes this ripper in selected vintages from six rows of old Mariafeld clones. Intense briar fruits, notably blackberry, meaty notes, spice. Stunning value.
2016 Laurel Bank Pinot Noir (DERWENT): I was really looking forward to trying this NEW release of one of my favourites and was more than pleased. Bright but deep ruby in colour, herbs, licorice, black fruits and sarsaparilla with lingering and intense flavours.