- Cork (Diam)
The Mornington Peninsula's Port Phillip Estate is one of several Victorian pinot noir specialists whose wines have been made by the ultra-talented Sandro Mosele. Their 2008 Pinot Noir has picked up a lot of good press recently, earning some positive write-ups from the guys at Red to Brown, as well as inclusion in James Halliday's latest Top 100 list.
Beautifully complete, floral and musky, this 2 year old Mornington pinot opens to a charming bouquet of cherries and bright berry fruits overlying dry and dusty, cured meat and earth aromas, with a well integrated presence of lightly spiced cedar/vanilla oak woven considerately throughout its primary fruit. Relatively supple but rather more structured and fine-grained at this stage, its tightly-knit palate presents a clear expression of regional cherry and spice notes meshed with snazzy French cedar/vanilla oak and a dry and dusty chassis of powdery tannins. Its smooth entry evolves with a gripping firmness and sour-edged meaty undertones towards the back palate, finishing with great length and focus.
ü+ Destined to flower in the bottle with medium term cellaring, the 2008 Port Phillip Estate is a top class, age worthy Mornington pinot with a much more competitive price tag than many of its regional rivals. You can happily add my name to its list of supporters. Drink to 2013. (footnote provided below)