Picardy Tete de Cuvee Pinot Noir
Here we have a pinot that is more of a pitbull than a fluffy lap dog. It's a much more savoury, almost meaty style, but it does have some plums, florals and a touch of dried herbs in the mix. The palate is medium to fuller-bodied, with a dark fruited centre, hearty and slightly drying tannins, and a tight, savoury-edged finish. This needs time to grow into itself, or a good decant. It could stand up to a rich meat dish.
This wine is not a reserve wine made in the usual method of selecting the best barrels for separate bottling. Instead, a portion of the vineyard receives more vigorous crop-thinning and leaf plucking, and the wine from these grapes is made with greater emphasis on structure and ageing potential.
To give this wine the huge structure and longevity which it has, it is cold macerated for longer periods, fermented with a higher portion of whole bunch fruit (to extract more tannin), fermented warmer for longer with a higher permanent skin contact area. It is then pressed harder to get more extraction. The resultant wine is then matured in new to four year old oak for 12 months. After barrel maturation it is given a very light filtration and bottled. It is then held in bottle until the Pannell Family feel that it is drinking at its optimum potential. The Pannell Family are confident that the Picardy Tete de Cuvee will continue to drink superbly long after it has been released.
expert reviews about
Picardy Tete de Cuvee Pinot Noir
A terrific bottle of pinot, with sappy freshness and plenty of intensity on the nose: rich red-cherry aromas here, some musky complex spice, toasty oak and the suggestion of classic forest floor in time. The palate offers some smoky flavours amid brambly darker-berry fruits and a lovely spray of fine tannins that build through the back. A captivating wine - complex and full of interest already.2014The Good Wine Guide
Light colour, with some development; light cherry fruit, with strong sappy/savoury/leafy overtones; seems to lack full phenological ripeness.Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Wonderful example of Pinot noir with all the complex subtlety you would want in this variety. The mix of spices and earthy slightly meaty characters on the nose merge with some primary raspberry and sour cherry characters. Medium bodied but with length and power. ClassicRay Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
Fragrant and flowery lush red fruit aromas; rich and mouthfilling, in no way a copy of Burgundy; long life ahead.Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Picardy's 'standard' pinot noir from 2005 was excellent, and sold out fast. This reserve release is as good, but not necessarily better. Made in tiny quantities; expect it to be scarce. 2005 RELEASE Big, serious pinot noir. Not the kind of wine to take lightly. Ribbed with tannin, fleshed with sour berried fruit, smoky and cedary through the finish and then spicy and fruity as an aftertaste. For all that, the nose is still muted, and needs time to evolve. Impressive, DRINK 2011-2018The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Light red, with some purple remaining; leafy, spicy, savoury aromas; an elegant, supple and fine structure; ultra-restrained.Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Light- to medium-bodied; complex spice and forest floor nuances to the fine red and black fruits; long finish.Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
The colour is very light, but the hue good; a fresh, light, strawberry-accented bouquet leads into an elegant, light to medium-bodied palate with good balance and length; well made; the limitations lie in the terroir. Packaged in a wonderful replica of a very old French Burgundy bottle.Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
This is a limited release of just 200 dozen. It gets extra time in bottle before release. The colour is quite pale, belying some serious grunty pinot fruit on the palate. Powerful yet with finesse and elegance. A pinto built for the longer term.Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004