Deviation Road Pinot Noir
We think the Adelaide Hills should be renamed the Radelaide Hills due to the quality of wine coming out of the region. Pinot Noir is just one of the varieties showing promise and we love this one from Deviation Road. If you love Pinot this should definitely be on your shopping list. An intense nose of cherry and plum, with an underlying savoury expression, before a superbly sculpted palate of tantalising tannins. It’s superbly poised with a fine acid line that will ensure it will go the distance in the cellar.
Lifted raspberry, spice and sour cherry aromas. The palate has flavours of sweet plum and red berries with fine tannins adding delicate structure to the wine.
The fruit is hand-picked into small baskets and then undergoes a cold soak pre-ferment to enhance the extraction of colour and aromatics. After fermentation the skins are pressed out using our traditional basket press and then the wine aged in French oak barriques for 15 months. After this period, we blend our finest parcels and hand bottle onsite. The wine is then rested for a further 6 months prior to release.
expert reviews about
Deviation Road Pinot Noir
WINESTATE (2011 Vintage) says
Winestate May/Jun 2012
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2015Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Quite a volatile nose and a soft, spicy, fruit-driven palate with gamey traces.WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Strong colour; an aromatic spice, black cherry and plum bouquet leads into a full, soft and flavoursome palate, with just a touch of warmth on the finish not detracting from the overall appeal.Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
The Deviation Road vineyard is in the Lenswood subregion of the Adelaide Hills, and sits at 600 metres above sea level - pretty high in Australian terms. Big style of pinot noir with sweet, raisiny, Turkish delight-like flavours mingling with more traditional pinot flavours of sour cherry and twigs. It's a bit too big and rugged for our tastes, but it works as a dry-red style.The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
With a darker colour, this is pushing the ripeness barrow hard, trading on cool-climate richness and a gently undergrowthy nose, some herbs and cherry-plum fruit. Ripe, red cherry-flavoured palate; this certainly fits the Adelaide Hills style, with bright acidity and plenty of flesh, fully formed tannins and unobtrusive oak.The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
This is made from a mature vineyard (planted in the early 1980s) at 600 metres above sea level - important for keeping the vineyard cool. If you like 'em big and fruity, look elsewhere. This is a dry, well-structured wine of simple elegance, its flavours of tar, cherry-plum, mint and toffee playing second fiddle to its essentially savoury style. An understated wine that leaves a dry aftertaste.The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; savoury/foresty/earthy aromas; some dark plum joins on the palate; good varietal character.Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006