Chateau Pierre-Bise 'Sur Spilite' Anjou Villages 2010Stupidly, I'm not tired at all tonight, as I managed to nod off on the plane back from New Zealand tonight and slept for just a bit too long. I thought I had it sorted really, convinced that after three days I was on NZ time and my body would just assume it was two hours ahead...
Anyway, this deliciou Anjou is a great distraction for insomnia - as it's just bloody delicious. Imported by Xavier & Lucy at Terroir Selections, it's a 5:50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, from a renowned volcanic vineyard, that captures the beauty of Anjou.
Matured largely in tank, it's a spicy, juicy style yet with some of the most detailed, drying, sophisticated tannins around. It's just a joyful wine really, with an energy that comes from maturation without oak, yet with a length that completely belies the notion that great Cabernet needs oak.
Personally, I could drink loads of this, the 'Beaujolais in pin stripes', juicy-yet-tannic style both refreshing and satisfying, with none of the green edges or confection of some Anjou.
It's perhaps not the most complex wine in the world, but I can't fault the style otherwise. Cheap (in context) too.
Big yes from me.
Details: Cork, $35
Tasted: February 2015. Scored a glass from someone else's bottle.
Best drinking: 2015-2020+
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? Would I ever. A perfectly valid Pinot diversion.
Buy online: Oak Barrel