Monday, July 26, 2010

2007 Victoria

2008 Red Hill Estate Pinot Noir

2007 Red Hill Estate Pinot Noir, Victoria

I don't drink much Australian wine. Why? Prejudice? Perhaps. But I've yet to be blown away by anything I find from here. Maybe at the high end, I'll find it, but if I'm going to spend $50-$100 on a wine, it sure won't be from Australia. Anyone with a few vintages of Penfolds Grange who feels like sharing?

That's why this was such a great surprise. A pinot noir from the Mornington Peninsula of Victoria. Pale colour, pleasant earthiness, taut...the balance won me over. This is a good one. With another 24 hours, the wine gets meatier, more savoury. A proper pinot noir. Well done.



  1. You might also consider Shiraz (yes, Shiraz) from Penfolds--specifically in the incarnations of the St. Henri and the RWT. I would recommend the RWT, even though it's "bigger" than the classic and lean St. Henri, because it's just so damn hedonistic. Both are amazing, and not the 17% monsters people tend to associate with Australian Shiraz.

  2. I'll look out for those, but it's awfully hard to find 'real' Australian shiraz in Ontario