2020 was not the easiest of vintages on the Australian east coast, even though some Mornington and Yarra types fared better than further north. Yields are all over the place, however, as is ripeness. Tread carefully.
This Crittenden Estate Pinot Noir 2020 is something of a success story.
I like the Pinoty tang of this Mornington Pinot – wears its heart/variety/region on its sleeve. I like. It carries both mint and mint jelly edges but with riper glacé raspberry too, which hints at the fortunes of the season in the vineyard. It works though, and the mid-weight palate has a sufficiently silken edge to make it genuinely appealing. Good.
Best drinking: I like it now. No point holding on. 17.7/20, 92/100. 13%, $37. Crittenden Estate website. Would I buy it? Two glasses.
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