jamie goode's wine blog: An Aussie Pinot

Thursday, January 15, 2009

An Aussie Pinot

Played football again this evening. I'm nuts: I'm playing again tomorrow night. At my age? Well, I'm keen on exercise because it means I can keep eating and drinking well, and not become a big fatty. [I'm not being fattist here: everyone is beautiful and worthy of much love - whatever their waist size - it's just I'm a weak individual who has a shallow self-confidence, and I couldn't carry 'fat' off very well.]

So a little wine before bedtime. It's a commercial Aussie Pinot Noir. By all rights, it should be awful - Pinot Noir is so hard to do well. Actually, it's quite nice. Overall, I'm quite a fan of the Jacob's Creek range. Of all the big brands, they're one of the best - along with Yalumba's Oxford Landing (especially the reds) and Concha y Toro's Casillero del Diablo.

Jacob's Creek Reserve Pinot Noir 2006 Southeast Australia
The colour is encouraging: it isn't too deep. Sweet, quite dense cherry and blackberry fruit on the nose with some spiciness and a hint of green sappiness. The palate has a nice texture, with some sweetness, and attractive cherry and plum fruit. There's a bit of tannic grip on the finish, which clamps down a bit on the fruit, and there's some greenness evident, too. But overall, a really attractive lighter-styled red wine that tastes like Pinot Noir. That's an achievement. It's the sort of wine I'd opt for in a restaurant or supermarket with a restricted, commercially oriented list, and you can derive some real pleasure from it. 86/100

I reviewed the regular JC PN here, 18 months ago.

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At 10:20 PM, Blogger Paul Tudor said...


I am a few years older than you and not only do I coach a football team (my son's), I also play 4 a side corporate (and we play in summer - we are about to walk across the road in an hour's time and have a game and it is 25 degrees outside.)

Two years ago I had a very bad accident playing this form of football, compound right wrist fracture (thankfully I am left handed). My wife told me I was not allowed to play football ever again - it has the highest percentage of reported accidents in South Auckland. However, I returned to football a few months ago and just stay out of trouble. It is, after all, the beautiful game and everyone should give it a go.

Keep playing!

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks for the encouragement. Compound fracture? Nasty. Is that where the bone pierces the skin???

Glad you are playing again.


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