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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2007
Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 114637)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Medium red with vibrant purple hue. Fragrant cherry and blueberry fruit characters with underlying gaminess and spice. Toasty oak is evident adding further complexity. Medium bodied style with fine silky tannins and length. Vibrant fruit characters of cherry, strawberry and blueberry are evident with stalky savory notes and spice. Toasty oak is evident, but does not dominate. An elegant style from the extremely dry 2007 vintage.
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About Coldstream Hills:

Coldstream Hills was established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday. From its initial vintage of 450 cases it has grown to become one of Australia's leading small wineries, its wines sold in some 16 countries and a reputation out of all proportion to its size.

Situated in the cool and beautiful Yarra Valley, about one hour's drive east of Melbourne, its steep, close-planted vineyards have become a signature of the region. So too have its wines (most notably Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs) which reflect a climate cooler than Bordeaux and a little warmer than Burgundy.

France too provides all the oak barriques (1500, but increasing year by year) and no small amount of inspiration for the winemaking team of James Halliday and, Paul Lapsley.

The wines are quite literally, hand made, mainly using small open fermenters (of three to four tonnes capacity) for the red wines, while the white wines are barrel fermented. Notwithstanding the increasing production, there has been and will be no significant change in the winemaking techniques or philosophies inherent to Coldstream Hills.

These techniques are directed to making wines, which are characterised by elegance and finesse, by silky supple texture, length of flavour, subtle oak and the ability to develop extra dimensions of complexity with bottle age. These are not weighty, extractive, tannic or alchoholic styles, however impressive well made examples of these may be.