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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Ridgemill Estate Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir as a varietal isn't something you see that much of on the Granite Belt. Of the examples I have tried, they have tended to sit more in the generic 'dry red' camp. This effort from Ridgemill Estate is quite the opposite - and most of all, of its variety.

It's all lightness and soft red berries: raspberry, wild strawberry, touch of juicy cranberry - with suggestions of pansies and peonies adding a little floral lift.

Light and juicy with a touch of tangy, crunchy acidity. The faintest rub of tannin - not seeing much time on skins at all. Possesses good flavour, light colour, minimal extraction. It had me thinking on more than one occasion of that other great, but lesser known, Burgundian - Gamay. Finishes with a little tangy plum-skin after-taste.

It is a light and fresh wine, it's not a wine you'd come too looking for depth and structure, that's not where its strengths lie, for it's damn enjoyable. A difficult to rate 89

Tasted on: Friday 14th March, a Leaf transitioning to Fruit Day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25*
Alcohol: 10%
Closure: Screwcap

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{This post was edited on Saturday 29th March at 11:10 to amend the pricing to $25}


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