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Professional Ratings: 96 Australian Wine Companion, 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 The Wine Advocate, 90 Wine Spectator
Region: Yarra Valley, Australia
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Other Info: Screw Cap Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 13%
Item no. 113585
The 2010 Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir is pretty and supple. It has lovely rustic cherry notes, cinnamon, cloves, dark chocolate and ginger. On the palate, poached cherry, olive, cinnamon and treacle, along with orange peel and vanilla bean. Its focused and fine tannins are assisted by judicious Burgundian oak treatment.
From the estate vineyard, with seven clones, 10% whole bunches, remainder destemmed, not crushed (the same for all four wines); five-day cold soak, 12-day ferment with minimal plunging 24% new French oak, 25% one-year old; like all four wines, 11 months in oak. A highly fragrant bouquet with cherry and wild strawberry fruit that carries through to the silky palate. Very attractive wine.
Light, bright red. An exotic, perfumed bouquet displays raspberry, blackberry, sandalwood and lavender, plus a hint of blood orange. Racy but deep in red and dark berry flavor, showing exotic floral and spice nuances and strong minerality. Finishes on a tangy blood orange note, with excellent clarity.
A single vineyard wine from the Sexton vineyard planted in 1997, the 2010 Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir underwent a wild fermentation in small open top fermenters using 10% whole bunches and was matured 11 months in new (30%) and older French oak barriques. Medium ruby-purple colored, it offers a moderate intensity of ripe red cherry and pomegranate aromas with hints of cedar, lavender and cinnamon stick. Light to medium bodied, it gives a good amount of pure red berry flavors supported by crisp acid and a low level of fine-grained tannins. The finish is long with a little cinnamon toast coming though the berry vibrancy. Drink it now to 2015+.
Lots of raspberry and tobacco flavors slide easily across polished tannins, lingering nicely on the deftly balanced finish. Graceful stuff. Drink now through 2017.