Bellarmine Pinot Noir 2008, or, Terroir be damned

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a good Pinot cannot possibly come from Western Australia. Now, I’m not talking about the strange brews these sandgropers are coming up with, tasting like Cabernet Sauvignon and masquerading as decent Pinot like a bad version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Oh no, I’m talking about real,…… Continue reading Bellarmine Pinot Noir 2008, or, Terroir be damned

Harewood Estate Pinot Noir 2010, or, The Exclaimer

When I first caught a whiff of this Pinot I knew it would be a bit different. This would be potent stuff, I knew. Even the colour gave it away, edging eerily onto the side of purple like some preternatural potion. Heck, it might as well have been exuding dense white wisps of steam… But…… Continue reading Harewood Estate Pinot Noir 2010, or, The Exclaimer

Plantagenet Omrah Cabernet Merlot 2008, or, Wine Blending 101

Something I didn’t really realise, until I started doing some wine courses and really getting into the stuff, was how much liberty the winemaker has to shove grapes in from all over the place. All sorts of tinkering can go on behind the scenes which doesn’t have to get mentioned on the label. Take this…… Continue reading Plantagenet Omrah Cabernet Merlot 2008, or, Wine Blending 101