2012 Vino Athlético Pinot Noir

vino athletico pn 002The brainchild of sommeliers Matt Brooke and Liam O’Brien. Tasted next to a Vino Athlético Pinot Noir 2004 which provided a pleasant hit of aged Pinot flavour for thirty dollars, although I believe this is a better wine again. In 2007 they took over more of a managerial role of a vineyard in South Gisborne, Macedon.

Needs a little air then becomes overtly rosy and floral as well as increasingly savoury. The texture is slinky and silken with deeply set acidity and lovely tensile tannin. Complex favours. Raspberries, darker brambly notes, maraschino cherries, sarsaparilla and earthy beetroot characters all feature in layered medium-bodied wine with the lingering taste of star anise and forest litter. Oak is kept in check. As good as it is now I’d wager on its improvement over the next five to ten years. 91+

Region: Macedon
Alcohol: 12.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $27.99
Tasted: January 2014


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