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Scotchmans Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Swan Bay sits about midships in the Scotchmans Hill range, the wines typically showing enough authenticity without losing the fun. Here we see an approachable and easy-going sort of Victorian Pinot that marries juicy and quite pretty Pinot fruit with just enough definition and intensity to keep you interested. Not hard to like really.

Winemaker's Notes

Juicy yet savoury palate of fresh strawberry, plum and raspberry fruits; spice and earthy notes supported by a charry oak finish. The palate is medium bodied with excellent mid-palate weight, silky tannins, and balanced by firm acidity.

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Scotchmans Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Sexy oak on well-ripened fruit. Needs time to settle but the signs are looking good. Dark cherry-plum, mint, musk and five-spice. Fractional awkwardness to the tannin but the volume of fruit and oak is there to compensate.
2020
Wine Companion
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
87
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Plum and spice, with a savoury edge to the palate; quite firm and dry on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Scotchmans' junior label shows good varietal character, upbeat cherries and spice, a little confected with oak-derived savoury meaty characters behind, chocolate and subtle smoke too. Smoky-cherry-flavoured palate, supple tannins make for enjoyable appeal.
91
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
This wine is like fresh-picked, shiny cherries that you can’t get into your mouth fast enough.With its really smart, black label, it looks as serious as it tastes. It’s only going to get better over the next twelve months as well! This wine over-delivers, so much so that Scotchman’s Estate wine, which is twice the price, simply isn’t in the frame this year.
Taste Food and Wine Guide 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
I have a long history of buying Scotchmans Hill wines, mainly because it's on the stretch of Victorian coast I've spent a lot of time on. The quality of the wines has sloshed about a bit, but they're in good form now. 2007 RELEASE Looking for a quaffing pinot noir? This is an excellent one. It's varietal and tangy, spicy on the finish and nicely weighted. There's even a meaty minerality here - it's the kind of class you don't expect to see at less than twenty bucks. This is even better than the (very good) 2006. DRINK 2008-2012.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
90
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Good presence of stewed plum and leesy aromas, with more ripe plum fruits on a well-constructed palate. Good oak support.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied, with clear-cut varietal character; plum, cherry, multi-spice notes and some stem; firm finish, better in 1-2 years. Excellent value.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Attractive plummy bouquet; clear varietal character throughout; firm, slightly linear palate; needs to soften.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Vividly coloured; very ripe black cherry fruit; plenty of flavour, but short finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Spicy, tangy, foresty and lively; good line, length and positive varietal character. Shows the great vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; intriguingly, does not have the gamey characters of the higher-priced wine, although there is some dusty oak on the bouquet. The palate is very firm, with considerable length and grip, simply lacking the silky feel of the best Pinots. Good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
85

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