Mix Six Wine September: Pinot Power
A Pinot Noir-focussed pack – featuring a cameo from Pinot Meunier and a free tea towel* – which should perfectly assist your gastronomic transition into springtime. While on the lighter side of the spectrum, these wines also display the varietal’s many attributes. Enjoy the ride.
2016 Nick Spencer Pinot Rosé
Nick Spencer, ex-owner/winemaker of Eden Road, has branched out to create a new, eponymous label. Straight off the bat, he’s taken all of his award-winning nous to create a smart range of wines defined by balance and approachability. This, a rosé made of mostly Pinot plus a splash of Touriga and Tempranillo, holds a beautifully fine and slippery texture. Think elements of watermelon and berries, with a faint, fresh herb edge.
2016 DCB Pinot Noir
From Chris Bendle, whom is renowned for his excellence at Hoddles Creek Estate, this is an instant hit. Amongst intricate layers of earth and spice is a brilliant push of raspberry, red cherry, satsuma plum and dried fruits. Easy to drink, yet detailed, this is exactly what we like about Yarra Valley Pinot Noir.
Yarra Valley, $24
2016 Basket Range Wine Pinot Noir
Here, the winds of generational change have welcomed in an era of refinement and clarity. With a little more creative freedom, Louis and Sholto Broderick have made the most of their prime real estate – on the steep slope of the Basket Ranges – to create a Pinot Noir of brilliant expression. Subtle aromas of earth and smoke precede bright notes of black cherry, red berries and crunchy plum.
Adelaide Hills, $32
2014 Domaine de l’Évêché Bourgogne Rouge
While reestablished in 1985, Domaine de l’Évêché – based in the underrated Burgundian village of Merurey – has roots dating back to 1936. For this entry-level cuvée, fruit was sourced from vines aged up to 50 years old and completely destemmed, before an open-topped ferment. To taste, the freshness of the 2014 vintage shines brightly, as red fruits, cherry and strawberry combine with notes of ‘sous-bois’.
2016 Bunker Down Pinot Noir
An in-house creation which was made to be incredibly moreish. Opening notes of lifted cherry, red berries and a lick of earthy spice are mirrored on the fleshy and light to medium-weighted palate. A dusting of tannins and brambly forest tones to finish.
2016 Murdoch Hill ‘Artisan Series’ Pinot Meunier
This years ‘Young Gun of Wine’ winner, Michael Downer is a third generation winemaker pioneering for change in the Adelaide Hills. And while this might be a recurring theme, Michael has distinguished himself by crafting wines – such as his ‘Artisan Series’ – which honestly represent their location and varietal. This, a Pinot Meunier, which is traditionally used to make sparkling wine, is “elegant and silky, with cherry and plum flavours”.
Adelaide Hills, $40
*Free Jean Jullien-designed tea towel
Jean Jullien, the supremely talented graphic artist, created an illustration for us this year which we’ve placed on a nifty tea towel. Purchase this pack and it’s all yours as a complimentary gift from us.
$156, save over 15%