Back from some turgid theory and into some cheap TNs, just to keep you on your toes.
Ok. Trentham. Do a lot of different things. Make a lot of a different wines, attractive package of range, value, typicité and terroir. And, with the continuing water problems of the Murray, well worth supporting. Halliday’s article in the last Weekend Australian was interesting and worth seeking out (July 25/26). In fact that’s why I chose this bottle from under my bed.
And it’s pretty much what I’ve come to expect from Trentham really. The problem is, good sub $20 Pinot is much more common than it used to be, so this wine suffers a bit due to the availability of the likes of De Borts Windy Peak and Gulf Station, Ninth Island from Tassie, and some NZ gear if that’s your thing. It’s a tough market.
Cherries, sap, five spice, cola, plums and a little vanilla. You wouldn’t normally associate the Murray with Pinot, and while Trentham have done more than a decent job, it just doesn’t quite work for me. A little clumsy and the bass notes of plum are quite stewed. I like freshness in Pinot fruit flavours and it was somewhat wanting in that area. The finish is decent, with sappy grainy tannins carrying the flavour quite well. It just lacks subtlety.
I had a couple of glasses of this with some weird egg & vegie bake thing, and some more with roast lamb that night (yes, I do rely on roast lamb as a fall back meal. You could do worse, no?). Worked better with the egg & veggie thingy. They sort of seemed to match aspirations a little. Well, the wine was probably better than my meal, but you get what I mean.
So, at $12 you get a taste of Pinot and of the Murray. There is better pinot for the price out there, but tasting different things is fun too.
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