Friday, September 25, 2009


 - Adelaide Hills, SA
 - $37-$48
 - Cork (ProCork)
 - 14.0%alc

Barratt is an Adelaide Hills pinot noir specialist whose premier vineyard lies adjacent Ashton Hills' site in the Piccadilly Valley. It's regarded as one of the coldest sites in the Adelaide Hills.

Barratt's best wine, The Reserve Pinot Noir, opens to a cherry and game nose, with spicy cedar oak overlying a hint of herbal undergrowth. It's quite light-medium in body, with sharp, sour edged, citric structure woven throughout its soft cherry flavours. There are fractionally dirty, savoury undertones to its clean fruit base, with a tight, firm rod of prickly tannin pushing into the side palate.

There's some attractive elements here, but Barratt's 2006 Reserve seems a bit overpriced for a shorter term South Australian pinot noir, which is somewhat deficient in textural complexity or outstanding depth. Drink to 2011.
89 points

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