I wasn’t drinking when I opened this Bicknell FC Applecross Pinot Noir 2018 and regretted it. This sort of seduction, this effortless Pinot style is what I want to be drinking at a restaurant where I can finish the bottle. Sadly, with the lockdown-that-will-never-end, that’s more pipe dream at the moment.
Anyway, it could be worse, and I’m distracting from what is a wonderful Pinot Noir AND a lovely drink. Made by David Bicknell, from a vineyard in Gladysdale in the Upper Yarra. If you’re bored (or rudely haven’t read it yet), it’s worth a look at my article on named vineyards where I interviewed David and we talked about this part of the Yarra. It’s interesting (or at least I think so).
This Pinot is about limpid red fruit, gentle flavours, prominent Pinosity. All that Yarra generosity, yet tempered, and not obtrusive.
Genuine purity and fine sappy, light to medium bodied red fruit. It feels direct, clean, pure and graceful. Lovely. Touch and go for even higher points I liked it so much. Buy some. Only problem is that David is updating the website so you can’t buy it direct (which I’d always recommend doing FWIW. Support the producer).
Bicknell FC Applecross Pinot Noir 2018. Best drinking: try not to drink the bottle now. 18.7/20, 95/100. 13.1%, $45. Bicknell FC website. Would I buy it? Yes and so should you.
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