Vertical Tasting Pinot Noir
A Vertical Tasting is a structured tasting of a varietal of a wine, stating with the youngest vintage and tasting your way through some older vintages. It is a great exercise to see and taste the wines from the same vineyard, but with all of the variances of each growing season. As Pinot Noir is so expressive of the growing conditions and so different from year to year, it is always interesting to see how they are ageing, maturing and the differences between screw cap ageing and cork ageing.
A keen bunch merrily participated in the latest Pinot Vertical Tasting on Saturday 18 October and we had a great time with our time-honoured 2003 Reserve Pinot still the stunner that she was back in her 2005 release year.
We tasted nine wines in total, starting with our current release of 2011 which set a yong, fresh benchmark for the older wines. Pity that the oldest wines, 1998 and 1999 were just past their 'best'. A bit brown and slightly off. I guess age does that to al of us! They were both grand in their day.