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South by Pirie Pinot Noir

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Prepare to be bowled over by a taste of Tasmania that will knock your socks off. This is the kind of Pinot that makes us sad to see it leave the warehouse although on the flipside we are happy for those of you who get to cellar it or drink it straight away. We don’t want to blow smoke up winemaker Alan Pirie too much but this Pinot was recently lauded over by International wine writer Matthew Jukes who said it is the best release of this wine yet. Expect floral aromas and black cherry before a palate of sweet plummy fruit and a firm finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Nose: The bouquet displays White Hills’ typical black cherry aromas overlaid by floral notes.

Palate: The palate shows sweet, plummy fruit supported by some quite firm tannins.

Food: Crusty French loaf with brie or young camembert; Grilled salmon with prosciutto and bocconcini. Serve in a large glass to capture the perfume.

Cellaring: One to 3 years.

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South by Pirie Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
A consistent style for those who like their Pinot Noir less fragrant and more burly _ the oak and savoury elements here dominate the fruit without remorse. The palate s more dry red than Pinot Noir, with ripe flavours and quite hard, chewy tannins. Hard to see the appeal and certainly out in the stylistic wilderness.
Now
Good Wine Guide
92
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Vanilla-like characters to the nose, and a very pretty varietal palate with a grippy tannic finish.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2015
Australian Wine Companion 2012
89
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Pirie really nails this wine, which has plenty of ripe mixed summer berries, strawberry perfume and sweet musky lift, some fine, flinty complexity and impressive purity. The palate's juicy and supple, with acidity doing most of the work, holding the bright fruit at centre stage from start to finish.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This shows a savoury approach to early drinking pinot, with nice brightness, no oak and some earthy nuances across red fruits. The palate has a lighter feel with a gentle, supple tannin profile, very even and balanced, no oak and plenty of cnarm
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Fresh red cherry and strawberry fruit; very attractive wine for immediate consumption.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Made in early developing style, but with good fruit concentration and weight, with a little bit of forest to add interest.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple; a light- to medium-bodied wine with red cherry and plum fruit; fine tannins appear on the back palate and finish; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
91

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