Wedgetail Estate Pinot Noir 2010 (Yarra Valley, Vic)
13%, Screwcap, $25
A curious wine this Wedgetail – quite atypically delicate and fragile considering the warm vintage. It feels a little like Mac Forbes’ Pinots actually, carrying that same, unforced, occasionally underpowered, form. Not for everyone I suspect, though also charming in a way.
That sense of lightness is evident just by the colour – light wine, pale colours. It smells of raspberry, red cherry, herbs and just a little volatility (as a result of a low sulphur regime I’m guessing). Taut, almost bony palate is more Chambolle than Yarra Valley with energy, high acid and unquestioned delicacy.
A little more concentration and this could be a star. Will keep an eye out for the Reserve version.
Score: 17/20 90/100
Would I buy it? As a luncheon Pinot it has a place. Still want more stuffing.