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2015 Bellvale Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Notes

This classically styled Pinot Noir shows upfront raspberry and wild strawberry notes with complex, savoury spices such as clove and anise. Well-proportioned oak frames the background of dense, dark plums, briar and blackberry fruit. The palate is full and balanced with plenty of polished tannin and an excellent upright structure carrying a dense core of powerful fruit.

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2015 Bellvale Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Gary Walsh (2015 Vintage) says
It’s a great time to be a Victorian Pinot fancier with these 2015 vintage wines coming on stream. Sappy, spicy and bursting with bright red cherry flavour. Light to medium bodied, fine grained ‘graphite’ tannin, has a kind or pomegranate tang and flavour too, and slightly bitter herbal finish of good length.
2016 - 2019+
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Produced from John Ellis's close-planted, dry-grown vineyard; the colour and clarity are beyond reproach, although on the light side. This is a wine of finesse, but, more than that, shows how pinot that initially appears light-bodied can and does expand dramatically on the finish and aftertaste, here with a mix of berries and bramble characters.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Crystal-clear crimson; a fragrant collage of red fruits on the bouquet, then a pure and long palate with a slight twist of forest tannins on the finish to add texture. Best for years, long life ahead.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright crimson; it has black cherry fruit on the bouquet and a long, layered palate, its mouthfeel slippery one moment, textured (by fine tannins) the next.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Lively and bright; while the palate is light-bodied, it has excellent thrust and length, with strong spicy notes to its fragrant red fruits.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A truly spicy wine, with whole bunch stemmy character lifting the varietal red fruits; very fresh and lively with razor-like acidity holding the palate together for a very long time.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Very light colour; savoury, spicy overtones to red cherry/strawberry fruit; elegant and balanced, but needs more intensity.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Typical strong colour; excellent dark plum, black cherry and spice aromas, the palate following down the same track; has the structure to age for longer than most.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Deep colour; very rich, powerful and concentrated; lashings of dark plum fruit, almost Central Otago in style; certainly New World.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
93

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