jamie goode's wine blog: De Bortoli Gulf Station Pinot Noir

Thursday, February 05, 2009

De Bortoli Gulf Station Pinot Noir

Interesting interpretation of Aussie Pinot Noir, this. It's made by Steve Webber at De Bortoli, who is clearly aiming at old world elegance rather than sweet new world fruit. It's not a great wine, but it's interesting, food compatible and thought-provoking.

De Bortoli Gulf Station Pinot Noir 2007 Yarra Valley, Australia
Weighing in at just 12.5% alcohol, this is a fresh Pinot Noir from hand-picked fruit that tastes more old world than new. The nose shows tight, fresh, savoury dark cherry fruit with a slightly green herbal edge. The palate is bright and tangy with herb-tinged berry fruit and distinctly savoury, earthy structure, as well as high acidity. It could probably do with just a touch more fruity aromatic quality, but it's an interesting take on Pinot. A a really good food wine that may age well. 89/100 (9.99 Sainsbury's)

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At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

He really knows how to do Pinot, that fella. Love the reserve de Bortoli Pinot

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, Alex - he's pretty good. I also like his take on Syrah. Really interesting winegrower.


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