The full title of this wine is Vinedrops The Collection Pinot Noir Single Vineyard Adelaide Hills….but that is a fair mouthful to use as a page title.
The Vinedrops range is sourced by working with Australian wineries, finding quality wines, tweaking them a little and then releasing them branded. Far more common in Europe than in Australia, I personally think this is a great alternative to bulk cleanskins that we see in ‘glut’ times. However, it does require heavy investment in many areas: time, physical energy and not least of all, financial.
I’ve been lucky to taste some of the other Vinedrops wines (the Chardonnay is an absolute belter) so I was quite looking forward to seeing this Pinot Noir.
Strong cherry fruit & Cherry Ripe nose with good dark floral lift. A smidge of meatiness/briny quality but not so much as to reach bacon. The restrained 13.2% alcohol is a welcome relief, no overt confection here.
Medium to light bodied palate zinging with tingly acidity. Soft red fruits give way to a slightly smoky finish with the acid sitting on the teeth.
This is a little out of balance at the moment, all spine, arms & legs like a new born foal. That acid needs to integrate, settle down and the fruit needs to come to the fore…put some flesh on the bones so to speak.
Pleasant drinking now with the right food (maybe entree of antipasto…something for the acid to attack), but another year or so lying down and it should blossom.
Disclaimer: the Vinedrops range is produced by a friend of mine but I have no commercial interest in the venture.