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Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

Medium red with a purple hue. Attractive varietal fruit characters of cherry and raspberry are evident with underlying gaminess and spice on the nose. Toasty oak adds further complexity to the wine's bouquet, but does not dominate. Medium bodied in style with silky texture and length. Cherry and plum fruit characters dominate the palate with underlying gaminess and spice.

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The 2008 Pinot Noir, which spent 9 months in 27% new French oak, is medium ruby-colored and displays an alluring bouquet of black cherry and black raspberry with hints of game and spice box in the background. On the palate this medium-bodied effort exhibits excellent varietal character, a silky texture, cherry and plum flavors, and incipient complexity. Give it 2-3 years of additional bottle age and drink it from 2011 to 2020.

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Coldstream Hills, , Australia
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.

CAR80608_08_2008 Item# 114455

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