This Bellvale Pinot Noir 2019 is one of the best $25 Pinot Noir you’ll find in Australia. Period.
Crucially, this packs an intensity that isn’t normally found in $25 Pinot. Maybe Shiraz, but not expensive-to-produce, fickle, cool climate Pinot.
I credit the success here on the Ellis’ dry-grown, high-density, mature Gippsland vineyard. It’s clearly a prime block, the low yields delivering unwavering fruit intensity and wines that are probably too cheap in the scheme of thing.
Indeed this Pinot is sappy, mulchy and deadly serious. Pinosity plus. It’s mushroomy, spicy, the fruit clear and present, but the savoury form and tannins so unlike your typical light and fruity wine. It could do with a smidgen more generosity through the middle, but not at the expense of depth.
You can pay double the price and get less wine…
Best drinking: now to six years, but drink it early for mine. 17.8/20, 92/100. 13.8%, $25. Would I buy it? Worth a bottle.