2022 Great Western Pinot Noir
Colour: Deep crimson with a garnet hue.
Bouquet: Initial cherry giving way to boiled red candy and earthy notes. A touch of cedar box and leaf, becoming more perfumed the longer it is opened.
Palate: Light and bright with initial green crunch appearing almost sweet with hints of fairy-floss with some leafy earthy tones. The palate lingers and is long and wide.
Pairing: Try with Peking Duck rice paper rolls.
Cellaring: 10-15 years – this wine will benefit from decanting while young.
Vintage: Vintage 2022 began with a very cool spring, misty conditions and low hanging fog. Fruit flowering took some time due to the cooler conditions which is typical for the region after a larger vintage in 2021. Low crops resulted in high concentration of flavour in both the Concongella and Salvation Gully vineyards.
Region: Great Western, Victoria
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Jacob Parton
Winepilot, Jeni Port – April 2023
Bright with glistening red hues. Alluring scents come out to play in pomegranate, cherry and cranberry with just a touch of blood orange rind and a small pinch of spice and vanilla. While cedary oak provides a steady background note, the palate is given over to red cherries and earth with a touch of Amaro bitters, sinewy in mouth feel, slightly savory in edge and finishing dry and clean. It gives Grampians Pinot Noir a good name and is most definitely a wine to be taken seriously. Drink 2023-2032. Rating: 93 points
WBM Tyson Stelzer – June 2023
I love the way these cooler vintages are playing out among the vines of Best’s. Planted between 1980 and 1997, there’s a confidence to these vines that builds impressive integrity for this price point. A savoury style of beetroot and dried herbs and spice over a core of spicy berry compote, carried equally by finely textured tannins as it is by tangy, cool season acidity. 12.5% Rating: 92 points