(2023) What a very nicely perfumed Pinot from cool climate, coastal vineyards in the Casablanca Valley. Fifteen percent of the wine was aged in French oak for eight months. Moderately pale but bright ruby in colour, the aromatics really do sing: the oak adds a gentle chocolaty toast, but heady violet and rose scents, and bright kirsch-like cherry and raspberry lead the way. There's a sweet character on the palate, I suspect a little touch of residual sugar, but that makes it creamily easy to drink. The buoyant fruit quality is backed up by some toast and juicy orange acidity. A carefully constructed Pinot that, at its price, delivers a nicely rounded package. Watch the video
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