Categorized | pinot noir, Yarra Valley

Steels Gate Estate Pinot Noir 2010

The price on the bottle was listed as TBA, so I’m suggesting an RRP. Confirmed as a modest $25.

Strawberry, subtle earthiness and graphite-like oak are among the flavours, but its texture and shape are what make it so appealing. Fine grained tannin, balanced fresh acidity and a pleasing dryness with none of the confection or sweetness that so many carry. Has something of the taste of rhubarb crumble on the finish, though not a sweet one and there’s a light herbal bitterness too. No excess and the sheen of sensitive winemaking – no artifice or pumping – unforced and lively. Dare I say it – echoes of red Burgundy here? An excellent debut.

Tasted : Jan12
Alcohol : 12.9%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2012 - 2017
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