The 2019 Honourable 'M's Pinot Selection
Winery : Various
From Pinot Shop's 12th Tasmanian Pinot Showcase, owner Michele Round made her personal picks. Two of each in the mixed dozen (value $570), one of each in the mixed six.
2012 Goaty Hill Museum Release Pinot Noir (TAMAR): This bowled me over, as much for its own divinely smooth profile and delicious fruit, as the fact that it was another example of how superbly the 2012s are ageing. Vintage 2012 was pretty bold in style; with seven years bottle age, the wines are in perfect form.
2015 Morningside Pinot Noir (COAL R V): This classic Coal River Valley Pinot regularly pops up in my mix. Peter Bosworth makes some of the 'un-sung' wines of the Coal River Valley but Showcase attendees always know to seek him out. The flavours are quite concentrated, the wine is now entering its excellent drinking phase.
2017 Freycinet Louis Pinot Noir (EAST COAST): Both of the 2017 Freycinet wines impressed with their power without force, persistence and bell-clear fruit. I've gone for the 'junior' Louis with its spice and soft, sweet fruit. Easy drinking with just about anything.
2018 Ghost Rock Estate Pinot Noir (PORT SORELL NW): Winemaker and owner Justin Arnold has been doing a lot of tweaking of the viticulture and block selection over the last few years and it shows. This is a more generous wine from Ghost Rock with excellent clarity of fruit, and lovely glycerol flow over the palate.
2018 Pooley Butchers Hill Pinot (COAL R V): Get this while you can... I'm not the only person to love the raspberry-scented fruit, spice and fleshy plushness of Pooley's single vineyard pinot from Richmond. Very limited availability.
2016 Bream Creek Reserve Pinot (EAST COAST) What a wine! Hits all the right spots, and then a few more. Totally satisfying, harmonious, full-flavoured pinot noir with dark cherry, plum and mocha notes. This was also a top-seller on the day.