|Grosset Pinot Noir 2011|
Grosset Pinot Noir 2011 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
13.5%, Screwcap, $67
I’ve never loved this wine, but then I can count on one hand my preferred Adelaide Hills Pinots and most of them are made by Ashton Hills. Why? A lack of delicacy really, the firm, dry-reddish, extractive style of ‘Hills’ Pinots rarely appealing enough.
This doesn’t change things either. A translucent ruby red it carries a nose of tomato leaf, sap and menthol, a hint of greeness and little fruit to speak of. Very dry, high toned palate shows firm fruit/stalk tannins (a fair bit of whole bunch fruit in this I’d wager) with a slightly raspy edge. Lots of acid, lots of tannins but not quite enough in the way of fruit (at the moment at least). Promise but not delivery. Patience shall help, but will it ever actually have enough to counter the structure?
Score: 16.7/20 89/100
Would I buy it? No.
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