Wines of the Month
2010 Picardy Pinot Noir
Pemberton, Western Australia
There is Pinot passion in the Pemberton region and its name is Picardy. Set amongst the forests of regal Karri trees, visiting the magnificent Pemberton region is no hardship. Unfortunately, the region's wine, like the forest, is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbour - the Margaret River. However, a chance to taste wine such as this makes the visit well worth while.
Not content to benchmark their wines against just Australian Pinots, Bill Pannell and his son, Dan, also look to Burgundy to keep up with the latest and the greatest. Thus, there is a distinct touchez du Bourgogne in their Pinot's savouriness.
Buoyantly perfumed with cherry, olive and sage, this wine leaps with vibrancy. Although there is plenty to be found in its soft and silky texture, it is not all about mid palate pleasure. The flavours of fresh fruit, joined by some dried herbs, last longingly after each sip inspiring fireplaces and quiet tête-à-tête. Enjoy with a fragrantly spiced lamb, date and almond tagine and cous cous studded with pomegranate.
Once you have got to know this wine, make sure that you try their Tete De Cuvee. Literally 'the best of the vintage' and one for the cellar, although it is rather irresistible now.
Cellar Door visits by appointment only.
Distribution: on-line, fine wine stores, restaurants and cellar door.
© Lisa Johnston June 2012
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