Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Payten & Jones Browne's Block Pinot Noir 2013

It was great to taste this Browne's Block Pinot alongside the Paul's Range. To me it was like a his and hers range of Pinot was on show. The depth and 'grab you by the canasters' factor from the Browne's Block has appeal as does the dainty and finesse offering from the Paul's Range.

This Browne's Block comes from 40 year old vines in Kilmore, a region without a GI. I loved it last vintage and I'm in the same camp this time too. Oh, and did I mention preservative free? Yep. No sulphur has been added here. Wild fermented took place and it was bottled with little filtration.

Cherry liqueur, forest floor, and turned soil run straight up the nasal cavity. Dark cherry fruit is on the front foot and powers through. There's a softness to it too. That hard edge masculine brut with the three day growth yet softly spoken; you know the one. Tannins are juicy and the finish long and expressive.

Tasted over three days, this developed beautifully. It softened a treat and its personality changed each day. That's the no sulphur bit talking.

Topping up the glass isn't hard here. Have in the medium term. A wine perfect for a cool night with friends and laughs nearby.

Very good+

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $40
Source: Sample

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