Barrett Reserve Pinot Noir 2006 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
$45, Screwcap. 14%
A new name to me, though apparently Barrett has been around for 15+ years now. A hidden Adelaide Hills gem?
Slightly murky, mid red colour, the nose is ripe, sappy and slightly jammy, with a touch of fragrant mint – It smells big, juicy and still clearly Pinoty. On the palate it is medium bodied, chunky, ripe and bountiful, with the stewed red fruit carrying some lovely sap, redcurrant and red meat flavours. The finish is dry and somewhat minty, finishing with fresh acidity and a chewy finish.
Bouncing with ripeness, this is a quite plump and generous Pinot of juicy mouthfeel and flavour. Its marginally over ripe and feels built for the shorter term, yet still so firmly delicious. 17.6