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Saturday 23 June 2012

Phi 2008 Pinot Noir

"PHI (pronounced /f/ FEE in English), the twenty-first letter of the Greek alphabet, 
symbolised perfect balance, harmony and divine proportion."

Hand harvested, hand-sorted, hand de-stemmed to a 9 tonne open-fermenter = love in my opinion.

At 4 years of age the colour is still fresh, the wine exhibits excellent pinosity: earthen, suggestions of mulch with sweet floral accents.  A playful tug-of-war between sweet and savoury.

Velveteen entry, spice-tinged, tannin works with the spice coated velour scarf to create exquisite length.  On and on it goes, relentless - like a nagging wife thought I - yet delivering so much pleasure.  

To speak only of the savoury and spice elements would be to fail to do justice to the sense of fruit also delivered too.  Regardless of how you see this particular wine playing out, know this: it is a wine of inherent charm, balance and beauty.  94 - Outstanding

Price: $55
Closure: Screwcap

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  1. Gorgeous wine, nice note. Wait until you try the 2010 - it's even better.

    1. Thanks Jeremy. Have heard very good things about 2010, it has a reputation. Will certainly look into this one.

  2. We tried the 2009 this week - it's pretty good too, with similar savoury hints. I'm not able to compare with either 2008 or 2010.

    1. Hi John, thanks for taking the time to comment here. This was my first opportunity to taste the Phi. Really looking forward to subsequent vintages now. From what I've read, the De Bortoli and Shelmerdine families (the partners in Phi) are very excited about this site. Looking forward to their Grenache/ Syrah blend too.

  3. Great review Stu, very keen to give this a swirl

    1. Punter, you will not be disappointed...a fantastic Pinot.