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Darling Park Pinot Noir

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Darling Park Pinot Noir

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Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
I’ll never forget the sight of pinot noir shrivelling before my eyes on the Mornington Peninsula on Black Saturday in early February 2009. Kudos to makers able to produce pinot at all in this vintage from hell, and legend status to any wine able to hold its freshness three years on. There’s a pretty, primary fruit brightness here, with layers of ripe, secondary red berry and red cherry fruit, exotic spice and herbal complexity. The structure is silky, with fine tannins drying out just a touch on the finish – the only remaining battle scar of that dreaded day.
Wine Taste Special Edition 72 2012
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
After the shrivelling heatwave of vintage Í09, any Mornington pinot capable of holding its freshness 3 years later is deserving of legend status. A pretty, primary fruit brightness is layered with ripe, secondary red berry and red cherry fruit, exotic spice and notes of dried herbs. It upholds a silky structure and fine, drying tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
93
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Attractive complexity in this regional blend, drawing fruit from both high and low vineyard sites on the Peninsula. Shows foresty dark fruits and some savoury/meaty aromas, direct and fragrant too. The palate is elegant and juicy, lively red cherry fruit flavours and sprightly acidity.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Light, bright crimson-red; elegant, light-bodied style with plum and strawberry fruit on the well-balanced palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Clear varietal expression, with a mix of small red and black fruits, and a savoury carpet underneath.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Clear, bright, fresh small red fruits; a simple but enjoyable lunch style.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Fresh and fragrant; a delicate but intense wine with very good length, mixing red fruits and slightly tangy notes; a fraction sweet and sour.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Inky colour; powerful, dark plummy, foresty; super-concentrated, powerful and tannic. Needed a gentler hand.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Excellent red-purple colour; the bouquet offers gentle plum fruit with specks of spice, the big palate with slightly furry texture which lacks focus, but nonetheless has lots of soft, plummy flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
87
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a quite complex, fragrant bouquet with plum, black cherry and touches of spice, with a similar display of plum and spice flavours on the youthful, moderately weighted palate.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
86

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