This week’s SMH Wine of the Week is the Willow Creek Vineyard Tulum Pinot Noir 2007. Huon Hooke writes:
Willow Creek’s premium ’07 Mornington Peninsula pinot is a real lip-smacker. It wins you over with its perfume and finesse, balance and beguiling sweet fruit, rather than bigness or power. It has well-concentrated flavour, which gives it intensity and persistence but it’s very elegant and fine, long and balanced. Aromas of cherry and strawberry, with some spice and smokiness, contribute to its allure. There’s fleshiness and richness too. Good with lighter meats, poultry and cheeses but don’t overpower it with heavy sauces or strongly spiced food. Drink now to five years. Sold at Annandale Cellars and Vine Providore in Redfern. 94/100
Food – Coq au vin; mushroom risotto; pasta with duck ragout; softer cheeses like buche d’affinois, taleggio and Red Square.