Huon Hooke’s SMH wine of the week is this wine from the fabulous 2010 vintage, Huon writes:
‘Silverwood Estate is a tiny three hectare vineyard run by the Dennis family, with just three grape varieties, the others being chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. This pinot noir is medium-light red with purple tints. Some meaty reductive aromas soon give way to red and black fruit aromas, laced with dried herbs.
‘The palate is intense, smooth and fleshy, with ample soft tannins and a feature of the wine is its texture in the mouth. It has smooth balance, harmony and good length. Good drinking now to about 2019. 13.3 per cent alcohol. 93/100.’
Food: Chinese duck roll-ups; grilled quail canapés; lamb cutlets; patés and terrines.
Other wines reviewed by Huon this week include:
2012 Taylors Promised Land Riesling, South Australia 12.5%, 87/100.
2010 Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot, Coonawarra 14.5%, 89/100.
2012 S. C. Pannell Blanco, Adelaide HIlls 13%, 89/100.
2011 Boynton’s Prosecco, Alpine Valleys 11.5%, 89/100.
2011 Marchand and Burch Chardonnay, Porongurup, 13%, 96/100.
2008 Cirillo 1850 Old Vine Grenache, Barossa Valley 14.7%, 90/100.