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Additional Australian Pinot Noirs I Drank Recently

2005 Eldridge Estate Red Hill Victoria Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., screw cap. · A very accessible nose of crushed cherries, spice and a hint of toast. Soft, subtle sour cherry and tea flavors. Firm acidic background. One for the table.

2004 m.a.d. Victoria Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir

13.5% alc.. m.a.d. is a project involving three people (Michael, Andy Tan and David) who are serious wine enthusiasts. The wine is vinified by Sandro Mosele and is sourced from selected barrels from the Ferrous Vineyard at Kooyong. The label sports an unusual (and mad) artwork from a female contemporary artist from France, Agathe de Bailliencourt, whose works are on display in the famous Comme des Garcons store in Tokyo. · This wine is crafted in the Burgundian (Gevrey-Chambertain) mold. Rich, full-bodied and exceptionally balanced. Spice (cinnamon, cardamom) infused aromatics lead to seductive flavors of plum, blackberry and a haunting earthiness. Power with elegance.

2004 Lost Highway Project (Bindi Wine Growers) Macedon Ranges Victoria Pinot Noir

14.5% alc.. Vine Street Imports (VSI), importers of fine, rare and artisan wines from around the world, collaborate with winemakers to create original and exclusive bottles with labels designed by internationally acclaimed artists. The Lost Highway Project is such a collaboration between Bindi Wine Growers, designer Justin Hampton and VSI. The wine is from a new vineyard high on the western slope of Mount Gisborne in Victoria, Australia. Each bottle is nestled in a wood silk-screened 6 pack box, with the screening featuring Hampton’s label design on the lid. · Great scent of warm cherry-rhubarb pie with notes of citrus and spearmint. Full-bodied tart red fruits in the mouth with cleansing acidity. Terrific with grilled chicken and potatoes au gratin with bacon.

1997 Scotchman’s Hill Geelong Pinot Noir

13.2% alc.. Vines planted in 1982 on top of Scotchman Hill which is an extinct volcano, becoming the second vineyard in the Geelong region and the first winery. The winery has grown to 60,000 cases annually (40% of the production in Geelong). · An aged Pinot Noir with an orange tinge to the edge. The nose has a bouquet of raisins, dried cherry and leather. The dark cherry and rhubarb flavors are quite pleasant and oak highlights are still notable. The fruit is thinning and the tannins are gossamer. Nicely balanced and a fine drink for a ten year old wine.

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