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2012 Crittenden Estate The Zumma Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.7% alc.. This a small family owned winery. Gary Crittenden was one of the first to plant grapevines in the region in 1982. The Zumma name was adopted by the family’s 27-acre farm (now vineyard) when purchased in 1981. This limited bottling is sourced from the estate’s oldest vineyard plantings. Wild yeast fermentation, bottled unfined and unfiltered. · This is clearly a special wine from the moment the cork is pulled. Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The aromatics are engaging and persistent featuring aromas of cherry, spice and a subtle hint of oak. The delicious mid weight core of cherry, cranberry and raspberry fruits make an impression on the mid palate and deliver a long and generous finish. Soft in the mouth with integrated tannins, the wine holds up nicely over time in the glass. A very giving wine that aims to please. Still enticing later in the day from a previously opened and re-closed bottle. Score: 93-94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Eldridge Estate Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.5% alc.. One of the coolest and oldest vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula with vines dating back to 1984. Owner and winemaker David Lloyd is dubbed the “Clone Ranger” in Australia for his research on clones of Pinot Noir. 7 acres of Pinot Noir (6 clones) and Chardonnay (5 clones). This wine is darker than usual in this vintage. 10% whole cluster. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Endearing aromas of cherry, brown spice and vanilla picking up intensity over time in the glass. The middleweight flavors of dark cherry and raspberry are vivid and expansive, finishing with noticeable verve and length. The oak is complimentary but could benefit from more time to fully integrate The suave, suede-like tannins are nicely balanced. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-closed bottle. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Eldridge Estate Single Clone MPV6 Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.5% alc.. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. This wonderful wine is showing a modest oak sheen that will integrate over time. The nose offers aromas of cherry, sandalwood, spice and sweet oak. Impressive fullness and richness on the palate that features discreetly concentrated flavors of black cherry, blackberry and plum. Soft, even velvety in the mouth, with a richly fruited, very long finish. Hard to resist now, this gorgeous Pinot Noir will benefit from a few years in the cellar. Score: 93-94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Hurley Vineyard Garamond Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.9% alc.. Sourced from the 3-acre Garamond Vineyard planted to clone MV6. Aged 18 months in 33% new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Winemaker is Kevin Bell. · Very light garnet color in the glass. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry and cranberry with herbs in the background. Good mid palate intensity and length with some finishing delight. A delicate wine with soft tannins and easy drink ability. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Kooyong Ferrous Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.5% alc.. Port Phillip Estate was established in 1995 by Chris and Gail Aylward. It’s Kooyong wines come exclusively from the estate’s 52 acres of Pinot Noir (8 clones) and 27 acres of Chardonnay (10 clones). The Pinot Noir offerings include an Estate wine, and three single vineyard bottlings: Ferrous, Haven and Meres. The winemaker is Sandro Mosele. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The most distinctive wine in the lineup with aromas of dark cherry pie glaze, forest floor and oak. The mid weight flavors of very ripe dark cherry and purple stone fruits are clothed in oak, with an underpinning of iron-driven minerality. The wine sports admirable elegance with well proportioned dry tannins and some finishing fruit goodness. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Main Ridge Estate Half Acre Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.5% alc.. A pioneering wine estate established in 1975 and granted the first commercial winery license on the Mornington Peninsula in 1978. The vineyard was developed completely by hand, meaning owners Nat and Rosalie White dug every post and vine hole. The vineyard is primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Two Pinot Noir wines, “The Acre” and “Half Acre” are produced. The winemaker is Nat White. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of fresh cherry coulis leading to savory mid weight flavors of fresh cherries. The tight knit tannins provide good structure, and the mouthfeel is pleasingly dry and fine grained. The wine evolves nicely over time in the glass and was even better the following day from a previously opened and re-closed bottle. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Montalto Vineyard Single Vineyard Main Ridge Block Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.1% alc.. Clone D5V12 planted in deep red volcanic soils. Wines are produced from 6 vineyards across the Mornington Peninsula including Main Ridge, the highest and coolest site. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. I love the nose that fills the glass with aromas of perfectly ripened cherries, raspberries and spice. Very smooth and seductive on the palate with pleasingly vivid flavors of black cherry and plum. Well-structured for the long haul, with a finish that has a vibrant, mouthwatering fruit presence that lingers endlessly. Score: 93-94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Moorooduc Estate The Moorooduc McIntyre Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

14.0% alc.. Established in 1982 by Richard and Jill McIntyre. A selection of the best clones in the home vineyard. Only made in years when the fruit is of high enough quality to represent the pinnacle of quality from Moorooduc Estate and Richard McIntyre’s skills. Assistant winemaker is Jeremy Maygar. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Appealing aromas of raspberry, plum, underbrush, spice and iron, becoming more effusive over time in the glass. Plenty of spicy and very ripe raspberry flavor picks up intensity over time. The fruit is wrapped in fine-grain tannins and backed by lively acidity. An earthy, iron flavor riff adds interest. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Paradigm Hill Les cinq Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.8% alc, pH 3.69, TA 0.67.Clone 115. Harvest Brix 24.5º. 4-day cold soak, 5-day fermentation, 6-day post maceration. Aged 18 months in 33% new French oak barrels. Winemaker is George Mihaly. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Enticing scents of cherry, plum and rose petal lead to a mid weight attack of tasty plum, dark cherry and dark raspberry fruits that hint at a bit of confection. Very charming with balanced tannins and some finishing length. Delicious two days later from a previously opened and re-closed bottle. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Paringa Estate The Paringa Single Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.5% alc.. 25th vintage from this winery founded in 1988. One of the most awarded wineries in Australia for Pinot Noir and Shiraz, owner and winemaker Lindsay McCall manages 55 acres of vineyards for Paringa Estate, producing about 15,000 cases of wine annually. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of cherry, spice and oak. The mid weight core of dark cherry fruit has an appealingly earthy underpinning. The tannins are balanced and there is some finishing verve. This inviting wine had even more cherry and spice presence two days later from a previously opened and re-closed bottle. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Ten Minutes by Tractor Judd Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 225 cases. Originally started by three family owned vineyards that were 10 minutes apart by tractor. A relatively warm site with a steep and high vineyard location. Four clones first planted in 1997. Record veraison to harvest interval (70 days compared to an average of 57 days). 20 days on skins, aged 14 months in new and used French oak barrels. Winemaker is Martin Spedding and assistant winemaker is Jeremy Maygar. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of black raspberry, black plum, rose petal and stalk. Plenty of power and length on the mid palate with impressive finishing intensity. The flavors of black raspberry, black currant and plum reflect a warmer site. The wine has good harmony with balanced tannins, a silky mouthfeel, and a lengthy, generous finish. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Willow Creek Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.0% alc.. Clones D2V5, D5V12, 115, MV6, and 777. Soils is sandy loams and red volcanic clay. Yield 1 ton per acre. Aged in 25% new French oak barrels. Winemaker is Geraldine McFaul. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. This is a cherry-driven wine with accents of dark raspberry, sarsaparilla, briar and rose petal. Light to mid weight and very elegant, with well-managed, dry tannins. This is a very comforting wine that held up nicely over two days after opening. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Yabby Lake Vineyard Single Block Release Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 320 cases. From Block 1, Rows 1-11 planted in 1998 to low-yielding MV6 clone. Soil is sandy clay loam. Grapes are 100% de-stemmed, spend 14 days on skins. Significant proportion of whole cluster. Winemaker is Tom Carson. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, underbrush and dried rose petal lead to a mid to full bodied core of black cherry and black raspberry fruits wrapped in firm tannins. Impressive mid palate attack and finish but seems a bit closed. Much better when tasted two days later from a previously opened and re-closed bottle with more aromatic vibrancy and more expressive fruit. This wine has the most tannin in this lineup, presumably from the large percentage of whole cluster, and will need a few years in the cellar to reach nirvana. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Eldridge Estate Single Clone MV6 Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.6% alc.. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. Somewhat shy aromas of darker cherries and raspberries. Pleasing middleweight flavors of black cherry and plum with an earthy, savory underpinning. The tannins are fine-grain, the oak plays a flattering role, and the fruit-driven finish lasts and lasts. A charming wine with impressive harmony. Will easily last another 10 years in the cellar. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Eldridge Estate Single Clone MV6 Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

14.0% alc.. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass with no sign of aging. Fresh and bright aromas of cherry and red plum initially, fading a bit in the glass over time with more oak showing up. Light to mid weight flavors of cherries and raspberries with a hint of spice and mushroom. Very elegant with supple tannins and some finishing length. Drinking beautifully now, but will hold a few more years. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »


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