Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Yarra Pinot at it's best - Riorret 'The Abbey' Pinot Noir 2008

Yarra Pinot at it's best - Riorret 'The Abbey' Pinot Noir 2008

Yum - lovely Pinot
Riorret eht etsaT
Riorret 'The Abbey' Pinot Noir 2008
13%, Diam, $35
Source: Retail

Riorret (which makes sense in the mirror) is one of Steve Webber's pet projects, a minimal intervention range of single vineyards Pinot Noirs produced from little parcels in the Yarra and the Mornington Peninsula. I reviewed this wines brother last year and liked it rather muchly. But this is even better again.

Drawn from a vineyard across the road from the Tarrawarra Abbey, a single plot planted to MV6 clones planted in 1993. The Webber's call this a Pinot for 'fine Pinot lovers' which I'm going to say sounds like me.

In the glass it certainly looks 'au naturel', with a brown rimmed red colour and an unfiltered murkiness. It's smells absolutely alive too, with a beautiful red fruit juiciness that is classic Yarra Pinot, a real  Strawberry/raspberry cherry meets cloves and stems pinosity that is pure varietal sex appeal. The palate doesn't dissapoint either, a warmish, juicy, classically soft and open Yarra palate of red fruits and spice, velveteen and smooth yet not sweet, just sappy.  What's most appealing is that real softness and surety to the palate coupled with a proper dark tang.

Wonderful Pinot drinking right in the zone. If you like the richly sexy Yarra style then this is your wine. 18.5/94


  1. Hey Andrew,

    I see you note this as "Source: Retail". Assume this was in Sydney. Could you let me know where?


  2. I just can't remember - I think it was Ultimo actually but it well could have been North Sydney Cellars. Apparently the followup 2010 release is pretty smart though...


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