2004 Darling Park Pinot Noir

A small winery on the Mornigton Penninsula, the winemaker is Judy Gifford, and the wines are complex and well priced. James Halliday in the 2007 ‘Wine Companion’ rates both the Chardonnay and the Syrah at 94 points.

We have just tried the 2004 Pinot Noir and are very impressed. Winery notes on the 2005 Pinot are as follows:

The wine is fermented in individual parcels, basket-pressed and matured in French oak barriques for 15 months prior to blending, the resulting wine has real vibrancy with bright plums, sweet spices and fine texture all supported by balanced, subtle oak.

We would concur with these comments for the 2004, which has the advantage of a tad more age and the benefit is in the balance; this wine could stand another 2 years at least in the cellar. There is a good supporting structure of fine and appealing tannins with the sweet spices so mentioned. The fruit is made up of lovely dark cherries and plums and spices.

There is no doubt that this wine grows on you and is extremely quaffable. We purchased this one through the Wine Society at a very appealing price.
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