2012 William Downie Gippsland Pinot Noir

william downie gippsland-112x300Probably the sexiest bottles in Australian wine even if they are rather big and heavy. The wine inside tastes damn fine too. The Gippsland release is a bit murkier in the glass than the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula versions. It has more flesh on its bones too and is perhaps the most approachable of the trio right now.

Sweet fruit to the fore but also a bit of wildness (not necessarily funk) that I associate with Gippsland wines. Fruit extends from cherries to dark plums with some undergrowth and beetroot. Not overly spicy but adequately seasoned nonetheless. Creamy oak, genial tannin. Not necessarily the most exciting Pinot but it’s a quality wine. 91 Good

Region: Gippsland
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Diam
Price: $70
Tasted: May 2013


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