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Paul Conti Medici Ridge Pinot Noir

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

This is a bonny pinot noir from Western Australia, and it has a bit of class about it too. Made from specially selected fruit, scents of plums, red berries with a slight herbaceous edge. On the palate, it's medium-bodied with a generous fruit centre, mellow tannins and a dry finish. Would be a lovely match with game birds or a rich chicken dish.

Winemaker's Notes

Nose: Partial barrel fermentation and the use of stalks in the ferment add some smoky and stalky complexity to the bouquet. We recommend decanting to reveal the hints of violets, strawberry and red plum aromas.

Palate: This medium bodied pinot noir exhibits layered complexity, soft refined tannins and generous length. A small deposit may be found, due to only a course filtration, so we recommend again decanting the wine.

Food: A spicy long, integrated & rich palate makes it an ideal accompaniment with game dishes, a traditional Coq au Vin casserole or your favourite aged cheeses.

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years.

expert reviews about

Paul Conti Medici Ridge Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
87
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2017
Australian Wine Companion 2012
89
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
A big bodied wine with attractive, feral notes, Ribena and red currant-like varietal fruit, good acid spine and velvety tannins.
Winestate May/Jun
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright crimson; the bouquet is complex, with Asian spices sprinkled through red and black cherry fruit; the palate has thrust and drive to the long finish. Thoroughly impressive.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Clear light crimson; good varietal expression with quite strongly spiced plum fruit; tannins spot-on, length good. Value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good colour and plenty of depth; at the ripe end of the spectrum, perhaps bordering on some dry red characters.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Conti gets the fruit for this wine from Manjimup. Appealing sour cherry and light vanillin oak on the nose display pure pinot characters. Finely struck palate delivers flavour and structure. Fine, grainy tannins and a little astringency on the finish. It's a promising pinot.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
86
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Smells gamey and truffle-like, with nice fruit showing through. Rich meaty/black cherry varietal flavours and a warming finish.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Distinct varietal character with notes of ripe plum held within a herbal/stemmy earthy spectrum. Good varietal presentation.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Good hue and depth; abundant plum and cherry in unambiguous varietal spectrum; supple, fleshy fruit, then a touch of forest floor. By far the best yet.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Attractive spicy plum aromas; light to medium-bodied; correct and clear varietal character; nice wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
88
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light red; the light, spicy /foresty/brambly bouquet offers clear varietal character in a particular mode, as does the quite firm, savoury palate. The varietal character here, too, is clear, and unforced.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
87
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Light red; the bouquet is quite spicy/brambly; the palate is light and lacks concentration, but does have varietal character in a cherry/spicy/brambly mode.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
83

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