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2015 Pipers Brook Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir

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Pipers Brook has been making serious Pinot Noirs like this for decades now which means that they've got the style all down pat by now. Speaking of style, this is one rather powerful and full bodied Pinot Noir, with the sort of rich, yet firm flavours that everyone is looking for in Pinot Noir. It will age for years (if you can keep your hands off it for that long) to boot.

Winemaker's Notes

Location and Aspect: The grapes are sourced from well-established, premium blocks in our vineyards in both the Pipers Brook and Tamar Valley wine regions, which typically produce growing conditions that enable Pinot Noir to display all the elegance and charm the variety has to offer. The fruit retains flesh and weight, is soft, aromatic and long with fine balanced tannins and lingering flow.

Viticulture: The vines are meticulously hand-tended and grown on Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) trellis which helps to expose the ripening bunches to the sun, thus achieving full ripeness and well-balanced flavours and fine tannins.

Winemaking: Our aim for the Pipers Brook Pinot Noir Estate is to capture all the rich sensual flavours and elegance the variety has to offer, giving a wine with fleshy concentrated fruits and fine secondary complex characters. To achieve this, the grapes are hand-picked into small bins and transported to the winery at Pipers Brook where the whole fruit is carefully de-stemmed and the berries remain intact, where they are then fermented in small open vats followed by maceration on skins to provide additional textural richness and regional flavours. The fermented wine is then gently pressed in a state of the art basket press and then aged in fine French oak barrels in our cool underground cellars for 10-12 months prior to bottling, where it is finished under screw cap to lock in all true pleasure that pinot noir has to offer.

Colour: Glazed cherry red, with vibrant depth and colour.

Bouquet: A diverse range of concentrated berry flavours, It could only be Tasmanian; sweet vibrant berry fruits, floral and spice with game meats; distinctive of its cool maritime climate. The aroma profile is seamless and well interwoven, sweet cranberry, elderberries, pepper berry and cherries all tantalize, whilst within its depth are the more complex spice and aromas which open in the glass to show its true gamey rich and savoury richness, whilst finishing with hints of toasted almond, all spice and chocolate truffles from maturation in fine French oak barriques.

Palate: The palate is finely stated, concentrated with depth and weight, dark fruit cake, sweet fleshy cranberries and cherries, the long delicate flavours explore your palate with excitement, only to display all the fine maritime hallmarks of cool climate Tasmanian Pinot Noir with its diversity of berry fruits, hints of marzipan and the secondary appeal of game meats, leather and liquorice, all elegantly packaged on the palate with subtle textural dryness from the long structured tannins providing just the right balance, whilst the continuation of berry fruits and spice linger beyond the finish.

Ageing potential: Likely life span: 2016 – 2021.

Food suggestions: Pinot Noir is so versatile it will match with a wide array of foods, its only limitation being your imagination and willingness to explore your own food match experience and style. It goes well with barbecued quail with blackcurrant jus, baked veal wrapped in prosciutto and topped with mozzarella cheese, fig-stuffed pigeon, braised rabbit with pancetta and tomatoes, Chinese style roast duck. The food options are endless and worthy to explore and enjoy.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

expert reviews about

2015 Pipers Brook Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Earthy, leathery and rather shiraz-like, with a spicy bouquet of plums, berries and underbrush. It's forward and unusually concentrated, but falls away down the palate towards a finish of searing acidity. Stewed and slightly baked, with some stalkiness beneath, it lacks genuine fruit, freshness and balance.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This has beautiful depth, rich and yet focused, with ripe pristine cherry fruit; very fresh, very composed, very compelling. The oak is beautifully integrated, with sweet-smelling dark cherry and plum; a lot of perfume and fragrance here, a little graphite too. Impressive composure on the palate, rich and ripe with restraint, a lot of dark cherry, and silky long tannins. It has flesh and depth in spades, a sturdy spine with a silken coat. Impressive composure, with nothing unnecessary _ precise, with the poise of Burgundy and the flavour of the Yarra Valley. Superb!
Good Wine Guide
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A stony, bony fragrance of dark cherries, red flowers, underbrush and animal hide precedes a supple, smooth, Beaune-like palate steeped in spicy flavours of beetroot, dark plums, blackberries and boysenberries. Firmish and a little edgy in its youth, it's likely to settle down and flesh out into a pure-fruited wine of considerable complexity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Well-defined berry/cherry fruit overlays an impressively structured backbone of firm, fine tannins, robust oak and tangy acidity. Every element in balance, calling for considerable time to blossom to its finest.
Wine Taste Special Edition 80
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The bright red fruits of this wine are dominated by lavish oak-handling, assuredly of the highest quality; however, the palate tells the true story, with liqueur cherry, clove and a perceptible ironstone character; treads the line between sweet fruit and savoury complexity with aplomb, and will deliver real pleasure when the oak further integrates with the fruit.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
We're not afraid of tannin and oak in Burgundy, so we shouldn't be in Australian pinot, either. There's plenty of oak to support the pure red cherry and red berry fruit here. The fruit lingers long amidst loads of firm fruit and oak tannin. Ultimately, the fruit wins out, but don't come back until five years time.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Deeper colour and some brambly spices here; plenty of timber on the nose - quite meaty - some dark-spiced fruits and a standoffish attitude. The palate's similarly phrased: plenty of oak, plenty of tannin chew, darker fruits and a burly finish. Will need time to work charm and complexity into the mix.
The Good Wine Guide
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Ripe, juicy berry fruit with silky tannins and freshness.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Perfect colour and clarity; a challenging wine due to the persistent, savoury, drying tannins surrounding a red fruit core; hopefully will come into balance with time.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Strong barrel character, with roast meat, oak and dark fruits on offer; quite full on the palate, there are plenty of tannins and squeaky acidity on the long and ample finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This ripe, meaty and brazen cool-climate pinot shows plenty of spice and attractive forest fruits, still shy and adjusting to its oak. The palate, a little squared off by wood, is distinctly savoury. It's a hearty wine riding on dense tannin.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Complex winemaking, with an array of black fruits, spice and some stem; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Fine, elegant red and black cherry fruit; subtle oak; very fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Interesting aromas, quite spicy and oaky; more fruit comes through on the plum and spice palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Youthful, light to medium purple-red; tangy, minty/leafy overtones to strawberry fruit on the bouquet are followed by a delicate, fresh and lively palate -with cherry/strawberry fruit; early-maturing style.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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