|Williams Crossing Pinot Noir|
One of the best value Pinots in the country
13.6%, Screwcap, $24 (Cellar Door0
Source: Wine list
I'm not sure if this is still available from the Curly Flat cellar door (I can't see it on the order form) but if it is I'd buy some immediately. Suffice to say that this is - along with the equally fast selling Hoddles Creek - amongst the best value Pinots in the land.
Produced from the lesser barrels of the Curly Flat Pinot, this carries all the style and fragrance of the 'grand vin' yet sells for half the price. In effect you're getting a wine that is probably only a fraction behind the top wine (quality-wise) for 50% less dollars...
From first whiff this looks right to, built in a bright and juicy style that glows with pinosity and fragrance. It's a fleshy nose, with a lifted, macerated cherry lift suggesting warmish ferments and ripe fruit. Yet it's serious too, with a trademark edge of Macedon mint and sappy redcurrant that is pure regional glory (all of which grow in the glass). The palate too is bright, open and fruit driven, yet backed by firm stalky tannins to underlie just how serious this wine is, with it all capped off with excellent length.
Simply put I can't talk this up enough. Bargain stuff (and bodes very well for the 09 Curly Flat Pinot. I'd best start saving now...) 18/93
(If there is one thing I do dislike it is the Williams Crossing label. I think it looks cheap, particularly when you put it next to the normal Curly Flat label. Thoughts?)