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Cape Bernier Pinot Noir

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Pinot Noir is the minx of the vineyard, she is notoriously fickle and needs time and nurturing. She’s the kind of grape you have take out several times before she gives out. Winemaker Julian Alcorso has nurtured his Pinot grapes well and turns out a varietal red that is vivid with wild berries and plums. It’s finely balanced between soft tannin weight and acid backbone. A duck would quack its enthusiasm to be matched with this delicate wine.

Winemaker's Notes

This elegant, balanced wine has been open vat fermented with wild yeasts and matured for nine months in French oak puncheons. It presents a range of fruit characters, complemented by fine tannins. The savoury spice flavours are characteristic of this vineyard on the southern East Coast. Cellaring for 3-5 years will allow it to show its full potential.

2012 was an excellent vintage for Tasmanian Pinot and the Cape Bernier Pinot Noir 2012 has all the characteristics that lovers of cool climate Tasmanian Pinot will be looking for, you will not be disappointed.

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Cape Bernier Pinot Noir

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Very good colour, the rich full-bodied palate with strong plum and black cherry fruit coming through in layers on the back palate and a savoury finish.
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Deep colour; the bouquet offers dark fruits, spiced plum and charry roasted meat aromas; the palate is big-boned and hefty, certainly at the big end of the pinot sepctrum, and muscular to conclude. Needs time.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
On a graceful slope with sweeping views of Marion Bay in Tasmania’s south-east, Cape Bernier’s pinot vines captures the notes of savoury herbs and spice that characterise this tranquil part of the world. A purity of red cherry and fresh strawberry fruit is accented with rose hip and finely textured tannins, finishing elegantly harmonious. 

Drink 2014-2021

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Very good clear crimson-purple colour; a totally delicious pinot, with beautifully defined red and black cherry fruit, superfine tannins and balanced oak. Not a hair out of place.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2024
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Sourced from the East Coast, this has a fairly ripe set of fruit aromas that delve down into the plum and raisin territory, with some earthy notes and a good serve of spice. The palate s sturdy and rich, showing a meaty thread of flavour amid knockabout tannins. Drink young.
Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
An attractive, modern pinot from the East Coast of Tasmania, showing deeply ripe dark-cherry fruits, plenty of attractive chocolate, some light herbs and violet floral fragrance. The palate's nicely layered up, with flowing, ripe tannins and plenty of plum and dark-cherry flavour. Builds nicely, with smooth velvet edges.
The Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good colour; vibrant spiced cherry fruit comes to the fore, with a well-handled delicate seasoning of oak; the palate is fresh, providing crunchy, young and well-defined fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
The cool east coast of Tasmania is the source of this fragrant bouquet of violets, roses, exotic spice and black cherries. The palate brings it all into tighter focus, with flavours of berry compote and ripe strawberries supported by dark chocolate oak and fine, firm tannins.
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Powerful; very savoury, very long; the question is whether the stemmy/capsicum nuance is over the top; exceptional length. Controversial wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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