Maker: Rosemount Estate, Denman, New South Wales, Australia
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Rosemount Estate Pinot Noir 2005 has a nice spicy blackberry nose, and plenty of cherry and red berry flavor. The finish was fairly long, with the cherry notes continuing and with a bit of tannin bite. This isn’t at all a wimpy Pinot Noir – it’s fruity and pleasant, and with just enough complexity to keep it from being boring.
Normally I wouldn’t pair a Pinot Noir with spicy bacon pizza, but this fruit forward red stood its ground with no problem.
This wine hasn’t received much attention on the Web. Virginie liked the 2003 vintage, proclaiming it an “elegant pinot noir with a lengthy, savoury finish.” The winery’s own website has an interesting feature – a “vintage matrix” where you can pick a year and a region and read about the details of the weather and grape harvest for that year. Unfortunately, the data seems to be a year or two out of date.