2010 Windy Peak Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet this wine displays some strong strawberry along with some rustic notes. On the medium finish this wine is backed by some firm tannins. I would give this wine an 88. Not a bad deal for the price.

From the LCBO web site:
DE BORTOLI WINDY PEAK PINOT NOIR 2010 VINTAGES 48587 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 17.95
Made in: Victoria, Australia By: De Bortoli Wines
Release Date: Jul 21, 2012
13.0% Alcohol/Vol. Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry

Tasting Note
Light colour, good hue, although not bright; not only is the pinot noir varietal character clear to see, but there seems to be a significant Yarra Valley component; the wine is savoury more than fruity, simply adding to its suitability for food. Drink by 2014. Score – 89. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Oct. 25,. 2011).

From the Winery’s web site:
Region: Victoria
Appearance: Medium red in colour with a purple hue.
Bouquet: Complex cherry like Pinot fruit aroma.
Palate: The palate shows good concentration of typical Pinot Noir characters. These include cherries and strawberries. There is underlying spicey characters which increase complexity.

Vintage Conditions: The 2009 – 2010 growing season saw our earliest budburst for sometime. Timely rainfall received in early summer gave the vineyard some relief from a dry winter & spring. Conditions for ripening of Pinot Noir were ideal with warm days & cool nights. Fruit was picked in optimal condition.

Winemaking: Fruit parcels are selected and picked to maximise fruit flavour. The fruit is both hand and machine harvested with a small percentage of the hand harvested used for whole bunch inclusion. A combination of winemaking techniques are used to produce a final blend with complexity and balance. These include cold maceration prior to fermentation, inclusion of whole bunches and warm fermentation 30˚C to 32˚C. The components remain separate until final blending. Minimal handling and filtration is adopted to preserve fruit flavour.

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 13.0% v/v pH: 3.65 TA: 6.0g/L
Cellaring: This wine is made for early consumption and will mature well over the next 2-3 years in a good cellar.
Suggested Cuisine: Enjoy with pasta dishes
General Characteristics: Dry Medium Bodied


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