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Trentham Estate Pinot Noir

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This isn’t the kind of pinot noir that will have you contemplating the meaning of life, but it is an easy, satisfying drink that would be great with the mid-week spag bog. It's a medium-bodied style that shows red cherries, dark plums and soft cinnamon spice on the nose that is quite attractive. Meanwhile, the palate shows some fleshiness to the plummy flavours, along with a lick of toasty oak, some gentle tannins, and a smooth, fruity finish. Great value at the price.

Winemaker's Notes

Pinot Noir makes some of the most famous wines in the world, but is a challenging variety; temperamental in the vineyard and needs nurturing in the winery. Picked from our best vineyard the grapes ripened slowly and evenly to result in great fruit quality.

Appearance: An attractive cherry red colour.

Nose: Aromas of plum and spice.

Palate: The finish is soft and long showing upfront sweet cherry and plum fruit flavours.

Food: An excellent choice with an antipasto plate, light tomato based pasta and almost any duck dish.

Cellaring: Enjoy now or cellar in the short term.

Alcohol: 13.5%

expert reviews about

Trentham Estate Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Excellent crimson-purple; this is pure gold-plated magic, winemaker Tony Murphy the wizard; it is a delicious pinot noir with perfect weight, texture and precisely defined spicy red berry varietal fruits. In a million years I would never guess its Riverland origin if served blind.
by 2017
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Roses and violets on the nose, with a spicy lift. Fresh and fleshy in the mouth and delicate in flavour. 3-5
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
As best I understand the back label, this comes from the Big Rivers Zone; that being so, it is an extraordinary achievement by Tony Murphy, for it has the texture, plum and forest flavours and length of cool-grown pinot - and no 'dry red' characters whatsoever.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Matt Skinner (2009 Vintage) says
Given that pinot noir generally favours cooler conditions than those found in the Riverina, you can probably imagine my surprise when one of the bargains of the year appeared in the form of this delicious sub-$15 example from Trentham Estate. Yes, really. On the nose, the sweet cherry-like fruit is nicely knit with smells of violets, plums and spice, then once in your mouth, it's all soft and supple with stacks of generous pinot fruit and a structured, drying finish. In short, it's a straight-shooting pinot noir that delivers in spades; serve it with chargrilled quail.
Matt Skinner's Wine Guide 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright colour; very pure and precise varietal fruit on both bouquet and palate; light-bodied but with enticing cherry and strawberry fruit flavours; incidental oak and tannins
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Rich and oaky on the nose and soft, savoury and nutty in the mouth. Very pleasant wine.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Very good colour; quite simply the best pinot noir on the market sub-$15; clear-cut cherry, strawberry varietal fruits and silky mouthfeel. Delicious drink now style.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Once again flies in the face of all reason, producing pinot from such a warm climate which retains some varietal expression in a sweet cherry and spice spectrum.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
As in prior vintages, flies in the face of accepted wisdom; light-bodied; crisp, savoury varietal fruit; unforced.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Works the same magic as Joe Grilli does with colombard; light to medium-bodied; good savoury texture and structure, with legitimate varietal expression.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2003 Vintage) says
This pinot has good sweet, silky fruit flavours, but is dominated by smoky oak characters.
Quaff 2005 2004
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
An outstanding achievement for the region; real style and varietal character; cherry, strawberry; length and balance. One of the very best value Pinots on the Australian market.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; charry/toasty oak is more emphatic than the cherry fruit of the bouquet; the palate is well put together, with silky tannins and mouthfeel; a tour de force to produce a pinot noir with this amount of authenticity from such an unlikely region. Into the bargain, excellent value. Silver medal National Wine Show 2002.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

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