Colin Best's flagship wine, his Reserve Pinot Noir, makes for some interesting discussion at $33 a bottle. Depending on your point of view, it could be considered generously priced; or perhaps even loosely titled. Either way, $33 is very cheap for a reserve level Adelaide Hills pinot noir made at one of the region's finest wineries.
Translucent dark red/amber in colour, Leabrook's 2007 Reserve reveals a dark nose beset with savoury scents of stems and charry, raw oak overlying herbal-edged, blackened cherries. Medium-full and long, its firm, rustic palate delivers savoury earth, sawdust and red licorice flavours ensconced in toasty cedar oak, with dry spice and fennel notes emanating throughout a bone-dry finish thoroughly gripped by fine-grained, prickly pinot tannins.
ü+ Like a lot of good pinots, Leabrook Estate's 2007 Reserve is difficult to pin down with adjectives. It's structurally in check, tight, dry and savoury; yet it should soften nicely over ensuing years. It's good value too. Drink 2011-2014.