Last Horizon Huon Valley Pinot Noir 2010 (Huon Valley, Tas)
13.9%, Screwcap, $40
The older brother to the Last Horizon Tamar Pinot Noir tasted recently, I first tasted this blind as part of a larger tasting and then pulled it out for another sip as it looked rather impressive.
Produced by Mcwilliams fine wine arm Echelon, and deliberately made in a slightly more wild form than much of what we see that comes out of Tassie (whistle clean Pinots), utilising 20% whole bunches, no filtration, no fining, making for a wine with a bit of a wild stink.
I say stink but it’s a good stink, a meaty, stemmy pepper-and-spice feral edge that drew me in. The palate too is quite even, full and rich, generous choc-cherry and fruit forward before than tending a little hard on the back end and finishing full and dry.
Ultimately I like this. It shows real Pinot heart and character at a fair price. I can see that wildness polarising but I like the ‘realness’.
Scorre: 17.7/20 92/100
Would I buy it? On a wine list, I’d go a bottle for sure.