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Coal Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Here's another beauty of a pinot noir from Coal Valley Vineyards. It may be a few bucks more than the Barilla Bay, but it will cellar for longer, which is the pay-off. It's quite a compact wine, with deep aromas of dark plums and red berries on the nose, and appealing whiffs of earthy savouriness in the mix. The palate is medium-bodied with a power of dark fruit flavours in the middle, and flicks of savoury and spice for added interest. The tannins are fine-grained with a slight grip, and the finish is long, plummy and fresh. Excellent with briased duck legs over the next decade. 

Winemaker's Notes

This Pinot Noir is fruit driven and made for drinking now. Raspberry and cherry on the nose and juicy cherry palate. A good match with grilled quail and Tasmanian salmon.

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Coal Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Similar clear colour to Barilla Bay, slightly more purple in the mix; here the power and concentration are apparent from the word go, black cherry and plum at its core, surrounded by forest floor notes and firm, but balanced, tannins. Will repay cellaring.
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This has lovely poise from the get-go, with bright and ripe plum fruits, blueberries and lovely generosity on the nose, some hints of savoury, graphite-like aromas too _ a real treat! The palate is nicely weighted and shows plenty of the red- and blue-toned fruits, quite smooth and easy, gentle grip; acid cleans the finish. Charming wine with structure below deck for now.
2014
Good Wine Guide
94
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This has some depth behind the colour - vivid red/purple - and some attractive punchy freshness to boot. Very gentle herbs laced through deep dark cherries and rich earthy sweetness too: cedary oak and savoury spice. The palate's laid out on ripe, evenly shaped tannins that run nice and true; there's good concentration without losing the balance and light-or-step charm. Long red-fruil finish - good stuff indeed.
2013
The Good Wine Guide
93
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Attractive light red fruits and a lifted perfume here; smells of maraschino cherry, really fresh and pure. Smooth entry on a nice slide of tannin, with raspberry fruit flavour, very even, also some chocolate - a nice fan of flavour and texture. Fresh through the finish, elegant and anchored.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Good colour; plum and black cherry on a firm palate, with a structure of fine but persistent tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied, supple and round, with precise and pure pinot fruit in a red spectrum.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red; a complex bouquet with earthy, spicy, foresty overtones to the plummy fruit at the centre; the palate is intense and complex, yet elegant and long. Excellent finish. Top gold 2003 Tasmanian Wines Show.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
95

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