Sunday, 22 January 2012

Ashton Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

The spiritual home of Pinot Noir is definitely Burgundy, where the monks have been cultivating the cone shape clusters of grape for decades. While the origin of this variety are a little shady, many believe that Pinot Noir is a direct descendent 'vitis sylvestris' which is a common wild grape variety native to the Mediterranean regions. These wild grapes formed the basis for the majority of the different wine varieties from around the world. While the first records of the Pinot Noir grapes being used for wine is around 1345 which due to its association with the church has been used frequently in religious ceremonies. 

Ashton Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

Stephen George makes some of the most age-worthy examples from this variety in Australia and this wine is no different. The flavours are so tightly coiled around the tannin structure and acidity that they don't show well at this stage. Even still the 100% new French oak as been sucked up and spat out suggesting that there is a huge amount of power to be released at a later date in this wine. What excites me most about this wine is when it enters your mouth the tannins meander up my tongue coating every spare taste bud and stay there as if they have set up camp for the night. Love it!

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $60
Rated: 93+
Drink: 2016 - 2023

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