I’m always careful reviewing these Attwoods wines, as maker Troy (Walsh) is a uni mate, but this Attwoods Old Hog Geelong Pinot Noir 2019 is a winner. On that note, if you ever think I’m biased – and I try and call out all my potential bias – then call it out. Honesty is the best policy and all that jazz.
Wild fermented, 50 % whole bunches, There’s always a natural vibrancy to Troy’s wines, a low-interventionist, low additions naturalness. It doesn’t always work, but it does here. Mulberry red, there’s hints of undergrowth nestled in the shy red plum nose. Funny that I see plum in Geelong Pinot so much now. It’s much more expressive on the palate, red plum raspberry Geelong fruit fills the mid palate, the finish light and taut. Nice wine. Fills the brief of approachability without excess – something you’d expect would fly in a restaurant by the glass as it’s smashable but deadly serious. Good stuff.
Attwoods Old Hog Geelong Pinot Noir 2019. Best drinking: now to five years (for a start). 18/20, 93/100. 13.2%, $55. Attwoods website. Would I buy it? Worth a bottle off a list (after emptying a few glasses already).