Archive | Pinot Noir


Wine Dinner at Restaurant Markus December 2019

A very enjoyable and educational recent wine dinner at Restaurant Markus, hosted by Marcus Lai of Asia Wine Cellar showcasing the wonderful wines of Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur. All wines were from the same 2017 vintage but different plots in and around Vosne Romanee area, some only metres from another; contrasts were remarkable, and […]

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, Martinborough NZ. 13.0%

Ata Rangi is owned and run by Clive Paton and his wife Phyll, together with Clive’s sister Alison and winemaker Helen Masters. Clive planted the bare, stony home paddock at the edge of Martinborough in 1980 and, in doing so, was one of a handful of people who pioneered grape growing in the area. Ata […]

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Grange Extravaganza, May 2018

NV Dhondt-Grellet Champagne Les Terres Fines, 100% Chardonnay Another boutique producer, this time from Cuis, and this time 100% Chardonnay. 30% of the wine is vin de réserve from a solera system started in 1986, disgorged 29 June 2015, zero dosage. This was also purchased from Dave Chan at Wine Journey, at a memorable Restaurant Markus wine dinner […]

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Wine tasting at That Little Wine Bar Penang

That Little Wine Bar is an unassuming but delightful little place in Jalan Chow Thye in George Town, just off the relentless rush of the main road. Every Thursday evening they have a wine tasting soiree of three wines selected by James the sommelier, accompanied by some lovely nibbles. The blurb said ‘come and join […]

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2010 Gembrook Hill Pinot Noir 13.5%

Colour is pale and transparent, tinged with pink, a little unusual to say the least. Nose shows strawberry, forest floor and savoury characters. Palate belies the colour and nose somewhat; light to medium bodied with strawberry, savoury spice, a fine acid backbone, and a long finish. Tannins are soft and present to the end. Made […]

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2010 Silverwood Estate Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula

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 […]

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