Sunday, 19 April 2020
Antiquarian Pinot Noir Shiraz 2017
This wine has no relation to the Hunter or the Yarra for that matter. I was interested to see how this Clare Valley example would look - I didn't know it ever existed prior to its arrival. After swirling it around the glass, it took me aback on the first day of tasting to be honest.
Quite a rich wine, it's porty and heavy. A 55/45 blend, the alcohol was stated as 15.6% - a far cry from the medium bodied examples seen from the Hunter and Yarra. It's a wine which shows those rich characteristics I've seen in some overripe Grenache wines from the Clare.
Over three days of tasting it stood firm. I was hoping it would show a softer side - not to be. Heavy and mucular Pinots, such as some from New Zealand's Central Otago, have comparisons to Shiraz but this is a blend perhaps Cabernet drinkers may prefer. For me, the saturation of sweet fruit and density take away the essence of what this blend should be.
Region: Clare Valley
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