2008 Yarra Ridge Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
I've come to stop expecting greatness from Australian pinot noir. And yet I still shoot myself in the foot and pay $20+ for a bottle. The previous bottle I tasted was more of a disappointment, but this one - no, I still overpaid.
Deep cranberry red, with a more restrained nose. Red fruits, spice, brambles - more of a pinot noir character. But really spicy. Oak at play. Wood in an Australian wine - what a surprise. Shocking spice on the finish. Clipped length. Builds a bit of weight on the second day, but uninspired, with inadequate varietal character and sparse regional flair.
The alcohol is a bit lower, but still quite prominent. And that's disappointing in a pinot noir. Sigh. Come on guys, you can do better. I know it's possible for a proper wine to come out of Australia. Yarra Valley is an appellation in Victoria - I've tasted good pinot noir from Victoria. Still waiting for that second, great bottle.DF