Upcoming Offering – Tupelo Pinot Noir 2009

I have to admit that many Pinot Noir wines I drink outside of Burgundy tend to be one-dimensional.  They lack the aromatic profile and textural appeal of their French counterparts.  However, this wine from Tupelo succeeds where many fail.  The aromas are a subtle mix of dark cherries, subtle oak, earthy complexity and restrained fruit.  The palate is quite full bodied with a pleasing tannic structure and savoury length.  Small batch processing of high quality Adelaide Hills’ fruit along with some inclusion of whole bunches (stems) is the key to this wine’s appeal.  An impressive effort with good potential to age.  Drink now to 2017. 4 ½ stars.