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Fonty's Pool Pinot Noir

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Pinot and Pemberton – the perfect match. There are few places in WA where it’s cool enough or suitable to grow Pinot Noir but Fonty’s Pool have had an enviable track record with the grape and this release gives us reason to celebrate. It’s got the Pinosity we look for with obvious earth and cherries on the nose. It’s a generous wine, very giving on the palate in that it’s rounded and elegant with earthiness, silky composure and soft tannins. It is of course perfect with game dishes like duck and pheasant.

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Winemaker's Notes

The Pinot Noir from our vineyard is a selection of three clones. The blend of these clones, combined with the cool-climate location, provides gentle texture, delicacy, softness and vibrant cherry fruit. We are seeking pristine pure flavours, bright acidity, subtle oak and fine polite tannins.

Serving Suggestion: This Pinot combines beautifully with the gamey character of duck and will pair perfectly with a range of lighter meats. It also has the succulence and texture to contrast chilli-based dishes, particularly Thai food.

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Fonty's Pool Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Crystal clear crimson; a fragrant bouquet and an ultra-pure palate, with long and precise red fruits and a dusting of oak spice; from three clones, and has room to grow and become more complex.
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90
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
This pinot is a damn fine wine that provides immediate drinking but which has the structure to support long term cellaring to really get the best from it. Sweet and sour nose opens this impressive Manjimup pinot noir. It is light to medium bodied wine yet the structure and power have plenty of substance and grunt. Slightly bony fine acid threads through the light savoury cherry and game palate. Nice grainy tannins and a long finish. Will handle some cellaring.

90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Light crimson; fragrant red cherry and spice aromas, then a relatively light-bodied savoury/spicy/cherry palate that has excellent texture, structure and, above all, length.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A complex wine, with ripe cherry and plum fruit surrounded by spice and a touch of French oak; has good thrust and energy, likewise value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Overall, distinctly savoury style, with plenty of personality, though the tannins tremble on the brink; distinctively varietal.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Quite a robust and solid pinot with stacks of tannin threading through the medium weight palate. Sour cherry and cool damp earth character on the nose, while the palate is intense and tightly coiled. Like to see it another year.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A fragrant bouquet with cherry and strawberry fruit; silky texture and a long, even finish; just a fraction light-on.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A stylish wine, with strong foresty/savoury notes carried by plum and black cherry fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
91
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light-bodied; foresty, savoury notes surround shy red fruits; drink asap.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
86
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Intense savoury/foresty aromas; lingering finish and aftertaste; lots of class.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
92
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Full red-purple; the bouquet has the nearly identical smoky bacon scent evident in the 2000, presumably coming from the oak; the medium-bodied palate has good structure and texture, with cherry/plum fruit and a savoury framework. Needs more intensity for higher points, but has been well made.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
86
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet has a slightly savoury bacon edge, likely contributed (at least in part) by the oak. The medium-bodied palate has pleasant plum and black cherry fruit, but lacks intensity and convincing structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
85
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; the aromas of the bouquet are primarily in the cedary/spicy/oaky spectrum, but there is a lot of character and flavour on the palate, where plum, cedar and forest characters are supported by good tannins and structure. Picked one day before the heavy rain which fell in March in the region, but also reflects disciplined viticulture and, in particular, crop reduction.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
87

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