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Talland Hill 2022 Pinot Noir

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The 2022 Talland Hill Pinot Noir is aromatically quite muscular and robust, with pomegranate pearls, sandalwood, red apples, autumn leaves and a hint of mahogany cupboard. The wine is concentrated and mineral, with graphite, cold tea, dried strawberries, hints of dried rosemary and cracked pink peppercorns. The palate is supple and savory in a great way. This is a superb wine. If I leave it a while and smell it again, the aromas are a little metallic somehow, but as soon as I swirl the glass, it releases all the red fruit and becomes beguiling once more. 13.5% alcohol, sealed under Diam and wax. – 94/100, Erin Larkin – Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Mill Hill 2022 Pinot Noir

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The 2022 Mill Hill Pinot Noir is savory and brambly on the nose, with Szechuan peppercorn, red cherry, redcurrant/cranberry, pastrami and green olive tapenade. The wine is succulent and gently sapid, coating the tongue with flavor and very fine tannins. This is a lovely wine here; it feels good to drink. The tannins make it a physical wine; they really give us something to chew and move around. Lovely. Yes. 13.6% alcohol, sealed under Diam and wax. 94/100, Erin Larkin – Robert Parker Wine Advocate

 

Coverdale 2022 Pinot Noir

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The 2022 Coverdale Pinot Noir is darker in color than some of its peers, and it leads with a nose also more framed by oak. It sits well within the wine, but it is pronounced. Other aromas include black cherry, chinotto, spring flowers, a hint of cold tea and layers of pomegranate molasses, Satsuma plum and even goji berry. The tannins are firm and fine and shape the wine through the finish. I like this cuvée very much; the balance in the mouth is impressive, although as with all of them, the nose has a slightly metallic (call it “mineral,” if you’re in the mood) nose, which is abruptly altered by swirling. So, this action is recommended to see the best of it, which includes dried rosemary, mint and a hint of game. Coming back to the oak, the toast/grain/forest, etc. complements the fruit spectrum and is well matched to the vineyard site; it helps the wine linger once it has gone and supports the tannins. Great! 13.1% alcohol, sealed under Diam and wax. – 95/100, Erin Larkin – Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Little Laney 2022 Pinot Noir

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Bright full red-purple colour with a drying underbrush and nettle/herb bouquet, red cherry emerging with time in the glass. The palate is full and rich, with ample tannins which are supple and savoury, the wine seemingly still a little in its shell and promising to unfold more secrets in time. Smart, complex pinot noir. 96/100 – Huon Hooke, The Real Review

Landaviddy Lane 2022 Pinot Noir

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The 2022 Landaviddy Lane Pinot Noir leads with a sweetly fruited red strawberry nose, with sandalwood, freshly grated nutmeg, violets, kicked dirt, pomegranate, red apple skins, a hint of clove and star anise, dried herbs and a whiff of tapenade. The palate follows exactly. This is a wonderful wine. it’s consistent in texture, persistent in flavor and beautifully balanced. The tannins have a pliable softness to them; they’re dry and powdery yet firm and chalky. It’s so exciting to taste this. It comes highly recommended. 13.5% alcohol, sealed under Diam and wax. – 96/100, Erin Larkin – Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Medium-full red with a purple tint, the bouquet is complex, meaty, smoky/charcuterie, with hints of balsamic herbs in balance, raising the question of some whole-bunch but if so, it’s subtly handled. A trace of chocolate, too. The palate delivers fruit sweetness and succulence, ripe and neatly balanced by fine, gentle and supple tannins. This is a pinot noir that is loaded with charm and deliciousness. – 96/100, Huon Hooke – The Real Review

Polperro Estate 2023

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“The 2022 Pinot Noir hails from the Mornington Peninsula and leads with aromas of raw cocoa, bramble and woodsy spice, pomegranate molasses and Satsuma plum. On the palate, the wine is balanced, supple and spicy, with a velvety tannic texture and layers of red fruit and forest floor. It’s a lovely wine, classical in its styling and elegant. 13.3% alcohol, sealed under Diam and wax” – Erin Larkin, 93/100.

EvenKeel 2023 Fiano

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“I enjoyed this much more the second time around. There is a nutty savouriness to it which may be thanks to lees and barrel management, neatly balanced with primary fruit character: the wine has a level of sophistication that lifts it above the ruck” 90/100, Huon Hooke – The Real Review

EvenKeel Cortese 2022

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“Light yellow, with a strong and complex bouquet of spicy oak/fruit mix, and some smoky reduction. It’s intense and disciplined in the mouth, with drive and length but no heaviness or excessive grip, a very smart wine indeed and an excellent interpretation of this rare Piedmontese grapes.” 93/100 – Huon Hooke, The Real Review

 

EK PG 23

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Light yellow colour, then a smoked charcuterie, cashewnut and peanut bouquet; it’s full bodied and rich in the mouth with a big belt of tannin, the finish emphatic and seems slightly alcohol-warmed, the aftertaste reverberating long. A very flavoursome gris with an appealing touch of spiciness – 91/100, Huon Hooke – The Real Review

Even Keel Heathcote Shiraz

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Sourced from east-facing slopes (cooler) only, in a warmer part of Victoria. Mottled aromas of blueberry, iodine, licorice pastille and smoked meat. Mid-weighted and supple-smooth, with just the right amount of cracked peppery tannins defining the finish, while conferring an element of sophistication. Drink or hold. Screw cap. – 90 Points, Ned Goodwin.

“Deep ruby and purple colours in the glass. Blackberry, violet, pepper and ironstone aromas. Palate is weighty and full, loads of dark berry fruit at the core then equal amounts of dark spices and ferrous minerality. All that palate weight is well bound by gravelly tannins that carry it long and dry to the end. Cellaring will be well rewarded.”  92/100, Stuart Knox – The Real Review

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A broad swathe of white peach, truffle, Meyer lemon, cantaloupe and washed rind across the nose. Mid-weighted but generous, despite the cool climatic tension and freshness. A blend of three vineyards, with a good portion from the prized Mill Hill, albeit, from redder denser soils, rather than the meager granitic soils that are devoted to the Mill Hill single vineyard bottling proper. An excellent estate wine of immediate palate-staining appeal, as much as detail and the intrinsics for mid-term cellaring. Drink or hold. Screw cap. – 93 Points, Ned Goodwin

EK Tumbarumba Ch 22 WEB 2

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This wine has a nose of golden apple, vanilla baking spice, roasted whole pear, quince and crushed stone. Slightly creamy in texture, the wine is athletic and bright, with a touch of oak lending welcome depth. It would work especially well as an aperitif paired with a variety of foods. – 91 pts, Ned Goodwin – Wine Enthusiast

Peach/nectarine and honey aromas with a little chicken stock and smoked charcuterie, the palate rounded and full, smooth and rich, with depth and density but also floats with ease and elegance across the palate, finishing quite long. – 91/100, Huon Hooke – The Real Review