Geelong makes better Pinot Noir than Shiraz for mine, though it’s a case by case basis. For Austin’s it’s Pinot all the way.
Fun fact – This Austin’s Pinot Noir 2018 comes from the Moorabool Valley, which was once the home of Victoria’s best wines (in the mid 1800s). But phylloxera levelled Geelong’s wine industry and it took the best part of a century to come back.
Meanwhile, Austin’s have taken a step forward with the new releases, and this is even better than I expected, a balancing act of early picked fruit with just enough flavour. Think light colours, the nose sappy but not unripe with raspberry fruit and lots of acidity. Maybe a little lean, but there’s enough to carry it all off. Drinkability factor high. Best drinking: nowish. 18/20, 93/100. 12.5%, $45. Would I buy it? Worth a glass or two.
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