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Caledonia Australis Pinot Noir

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Gippsland Pinot like this is comparable with some of France’s finest and that’s what the guys behind Caledonia Australis believe. Started in the mid-90s, the idea was to create Burgundy style wines and what better grapes to do it with than Pinot Noir- the holy grail of Burgundian grapes. Perfumed with cherry and strawberry with notes of rhubarb and spice and a savoury forest floor aspect with subtle oak. There’s a vibrant palate with soft tannin weight, a well-rounded mouthfeel and good natural acidity that would pair well with Asian-spiced porkbelly.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Rich and bright cherry-ruby colour with a deep cherry hue.

Nose: Ripe cherry and rhubarb aromas marry seamlessly with sweet biscuit-like vanilla French oak overlaying a long low note of forest floor and under growth. Reflecting the quality of the extraordinary 2009 season, the nose is rich and intoxicating.

Palate: Tightly wound at first the palate has crisp (just picked) fruit acidity, balanced alcohol, round supple tannins which are ethereal and compelling. Our best effort yet.

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Caledonia Australis Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple, bright and clear; whole berry (destemmed) fruit was cold-soaked for 7 days, then wild yeast fermented for 2 weeks. The approach worked well, as the wine ahs very attractive plum, cherry and spice fruit that is 100% ripe; the palate is long and well balanced.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Light, bright crimson; the complex bouquet offers plum and red cherry against a backdrop of spice and a veneer of toasty oak; the palate is bright and fresh, carrying the same fruit flavours, here set against foresty/ savoury notes.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright, clear red colour; fresh, clear and expressive cherry/plum aromas, and juicy/silky fruit in the same spectrum on the palate; long finish, immaculately made.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Bottle development obvious but not excessive; earthy, briary, forest-floor tones dominate; needs more fruit flesh.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Fine, elegant and silky mouthfeel; pristine varietal character of spice, cherry and a hint of forest; good length and aftertaste,
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94

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