It's refreshing to see a high profile name like De Bortoli treat pinot noir as a variety that's not just for the wine-educated elite, but more so, everyone. Their Windy Peak and Gulf Station labels have now justifiably become modern day pacesetters amongst Australia's large volume, modestly priced pinot noir class.
De Bortoli's fine form with pinot noir continues with the 2010 Gulf Station, which releases a bright, almost piercing fragrance of mixed cherries, strawberries, toasty oak and earth with a crack of white pepper and a sprinkle of dried herbs. It's clearly a proud overachiever, with an outstanding array of varietal scents for a wine of its price. The palate's a bit juicy, perhaps rich and wholesome for pinot noir, but it glides with the smooth, silky, seductive curves common to the style, unleashing delicious flavours of blood plums and black cherries with savoury/toasty tones as she goes. To top it all off is a beautifully balanced finish, which accentuates the wine in a drier, more savoury manner courtesy of persisting toasty/spicy qualities and a well positioned framework of prickly tannin. Like the fine 2008, a good decant emancipates this wine - so patience people!
ü+ A wonderful release which might even surpass the bloody good 2008 Gulf Station (90pts). Fans of that wine should go equally gaga over this. Drink to 2015.