Pinot Noir Pemberton Western Australia
The inaugural vintage at Picardy produced a single Pinot Noir. With each passing year Picardy evolves into an even more dramatic expression of Pemberton's answer to Burgundy. The mix of clones has infused greater interest in the wine, showing greater texture, structure and complexity. A light to medium bodied effort with the presence and taste of a top end Côte-d'Or, Picardy would have to be one of the finest Pinot Noir in the new world. An alluring wine that's almost too easy to drink, its finely grained tannins making it completely approachable while young.
Bill and Sandra Pannell were pioneers of the Margaret River region, having establishing the stately Moss Wood circa 1969. They also held an interest in Volnay's Domaine de la Pousse d'Or until acquisition of the Picardy property in Pemberton, which was selected for its high altitude and well drained loam soils. Several clones Pinot Noir, including Dijon 114, 115 and 777, are mostly destemmed and lightly crushed into small fermenters for cold maceration. Ferments are hand plunged three times daily before being treated to an airbag press. Batches are settled and pumped into a selection of new to four year old French oak barriques for completion of malolactic and a year's maturation.
Ruby red colour. Rich aromas of strawberry, cherry and vanilla oak are interlaced with the tell-tale leather and earth of this seductive Burgundian icon. On the palate are pronounced red berry fruits, mineral and earth, leather, sap and a touch of spicy oak. Light, fine, dry tannins and fresh clean acidity dominate the flavour. Showing perfect balance and weight, finishing dry and spicy with excellent length, superbly matched to duck or spring lamb.