The challenge of growing pinot outside of Burgundy has been well published, and Australia is no exception. The southern parts of the country are very well suited to hardier varieties, such as cabernet sauvignon and the aforementioned shiraz, that aren’t as picky about climatic conditions as pinot is. But Aussie wine-makers are becoming a small more adventurous with this variety, particularly in the cooler, southern parts of Victoria, like Yarra Valley and Mornington Penninsula.
But The Small Penguin is not sourcing their pinot grapes from these regions. You have to
The nose of this wine is in fact quite pleasant, if a bit jammy for a pinot. It’s a far weep from the 2006, and that’s a fantastic start. The nose offers rich ripe strawberry and rhubarb, with hints of vanilla and allspice. While I wouldn’t exactly say that The Small Penguin hits the mark in varietal character, it is certainly an enjoyable nose. On the palate the wine offers set alight, yet smooth strawberry fruit. Through the mid-palate the wine maintains it’s soft fruit and transitions abruptly to rich acidity, bordering
Overall, I loved this simpler expression of pinot noir, even if it isn’t the most complex of wines. But to be honest, at this fee point, you would be hard pressed to find a better value in pinot, in my opinion. So give this pinot-on-a-budget example a try.
Wine: The Small Penguin
Variety: Pinot Noir
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