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Heemskerk Derwent Valley Pinot Noir

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Heemskerk Derwent Valley Pinot Noir

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Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Long and gentle, polished and finely structured; measured and faintly herbal. Slightly tomatoey aromas of red cherries and berries and cedar/vanilla oak are lifted by light floral notes, with nuances of bay leaf and cola. Underpinned by suggestions of menthol and dried herbs, its long and chalky palate presents pure,intense flavours of cherries and berries knit with fresh cedary oak, finishing with persistence and balance.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
92
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A wild, edgy pinot whose meaty, musky bouquet of dark plums, redcurrants and maraschino cherries is faintly flat and oxidative, revealing some cola-like nuances. Supported by heavy handed and almost clunky tannins, it's raw-edged and meaty, steadily revealing more fruit sweetness and richness, eventually sporting a luxuriant depth of flavour. It finishes savoury, with some stalky aspects, and should flesh out over time.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Positive crimson-purple; the fragrant red berry and spice bouquet leads into a palate with cherry and plum fruit balanced to perfection by savoury/foresty characters; it has great line, length and balance, the French oak inputs totally integrated.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
96
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep colour; densely packed black cherry and plum bouquet, with Asian allspice and a deft; application of fine oak; the palate is generous, rich, poised and finely detailed with supple fruit extending across the finish; long, fine and truly expansive.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A juicy, confiture-like pinot scented with aromas of dark cherries, cola and bay leaf backed by nuances of roast meats, black and red berries. Exceptionally long and finely crafted, it's quite vibrant and arresting, with an Oregon-like length of sumptuous fruit underpinned by fine tannins and fresh dusty oak. It finishes with a hint of dried herbs, and is perhaps a fraction simple for an even higher rating.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
93
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A very ripe and almost Otago-like nose -there's plum and dark cherry fruit, plum liqueur and chocolate here, really ripe and a little young and glossy for now. The palate rides on ripe, sweet tannins that cast cherry and brambly flavour smoothly in all directions ? really even, very much on the ascent.
2013
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2011
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
From the 2008 vintage the reborn Heemskerk label has released one pinot noir from the Derwent Valley and one from the Tamar Valley - both in Tasmania. Lovely structure here. You take a gulp and swallow _ and experience lush cherries, pine, mineral and toast, all in healthy measure. It then leaves an echo of dry, spicy, mouth-puckering flavour. Most important of all, the flavours linger beautifully. This wine needs time to mature, but its quality is impressive.
2011-2016
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
2013-2016
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
This weighs in with some very meaty 'made' character on the nose; lots of barrel influence here, charcuterie meats and some edgy match-strike reduction too. Fruit sits in the riper, dark fruit spectrum, the palate has some real weight and texture and is made in a more worked, heroic style with lots of sweet oak and quite assertive tannins. You can spot the swanky big-company stamp here - it's just hard to see how much sausage is behind the sizzle!
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Attractive wine; light- to medium-bodied, but with good line and length to the mix of cherry, plum and rhubarb fruit; has a fine skein of tannin and oak to add to texture and complexity.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
The Heemskerk label was reborn last year. The inaugural chardonnay and pinot noir, in particular, are terrific. Wow, this is beautiful. Super-soft and super-complex. Gorgeous, velvety tannin. It has mouthfeel and length, intensity and charm. Flavours of coffee and dark cherry and spice. You could serve this in any company - even to non-pinot lovers - and it would woo the crowd. Fit for a special occasion.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
95
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a mix of plum, spice and more foresty aromas mark a surprisingly ripe bouquet; the wine has good length and style on the palate, again with a touch of spice and some maceration characters.
Australian Wine Companion 1998 1997
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