The 2019 Democratic Dozen
Winery : Various
On July 20, Pinot Shop held its 12th Tasmanian Pinot Showcase. One hundred and sixty tasters voted for their favourite pinot noirs. The dozen pack (shelf value $720) contains two each of the following wines; one of each in the six pack. Both with FREE FREIGHT.
2012 Alcorso Pinot Noir (MULTI-REG): Julian Alcorso's retirement 'dream' project brings together the best parcels of fruit possible from all around the state. This was the name (and wine) on everyone's lips and the votes reflected that. Rich, deep dreamy stuff from dream vintage 2012, with years ahead.
2015 Pressing Matters Pinot Noir (COAL R VALLEY): What a wine! In the early days Pressing Matters fame rested on riesling, in the last quartet of vintages, the Pinots have come into their own and are now among the finest in the land. A full-flavoured, layered pinot noir with irresistible dark fruits and outstanding structure.
2018 Home Hill Estate Pinot Noir (HUON): No surprise that this new and outstanding release from Home Hill makes the Top 6 yet again. All the things we love from Home Hill - the sleek black fruits, damask roses, waft of charcuterie, balance and complexity. It is an icon.
2012 Kelvedon Cellar Release Pinot Noir (EAST COAST): Last year this impeccable Pinot from a much-loved producer and much-lauded vintage was in Michele's list of favourites. A year on, it's the same divine, silky smoothness, gently evolving. These vintage 2012s will continue to delight for years to come.
2015 Clemens Hill Aurelia Reserve 'Old Clones' Pinot Noir (COAL R VALLEY): Power packed! Another outstanding 2015 vintage wine from the Coal R Valley. Intense with briary fruits, layers of flavour, incredibly youthful, excellent cellar proposition.
2016 Winstead Lot 16 Pinot Noir (STH MIDLANDS): It is not a Showcase without one or the other Winstead Pinots in the top 6. And this year it was a tight contest with brother wine Lot 7, the votes only just favouring Lot 16. Neil Snare's 'inland' Bagdad location, old vines and indigenous yeast ferments and late afternoon breezes all create an exceedingly luscious Pinot.