Friday, January 14, 2005

Down Under Pinot

T'Gallant, Pinot Noir 2000 ($30) -- Mornington Penisula, Australia. In a recent warehouse tasting, this one knocked me off my chair. Strap your seatbelts on, the nose is huge with smoke and earth, and the taste is full-mouthed with a beautiful balance and long finish. This is a great wine. It has no faults! I was told that Mornington is a penisula on the southern coast that offers cool nights and is home to the best Pinots. The winemaker's notes for the 2001 are skimpy:

T'Gallant Pinot Noir is a blend of five North facing vineyards. Each wine is made in open fermenters, and usually pressed after only 4-5 days skin contact to retain a slippery textured palate. A rich and spicy, velvet textured Pinot Noir.

Instead of reading more, taste it yourself!


Blogger Niki said...

I know (and have driven by) T'Gallant winery, but haven't actually tasted their pinot noir. It is a winery also known for its excellent restaurant and cafe, actually, and is popular with daytrippers from Melbourne coming down to the coast to visit wineries; the Mornington Peninsula is only 90 minutes from Melbourne. I keep meaning to do a trip to a few wineries down there; my father did and raved about it. So far I've had fun exploring the other regions close to Melbourne - the Yarra Valley, Bellarine Peninsula and the Pyrenees region - all top quality (particularly the Pyrenees - outstanding shiraz).

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