It’s funny, Pinot Noir should probably be Orange’s flagship red grape….but there’s few top notch ones to come from the region. The potential is for Sparkling base to which Printhie and Philip Shaw are excelling. The Stockman’s Ridge team have put this neat little table wine number to together.
Stockman’s Ridge Rider, Pinot Noir, Orange 2014
Light in the glass, a just deep cerise. A little stinky meaty Pinot Noir note, gun smoke, sweet oak, dried strawberry and raspberry.
Palate is light and with a body weight of its origin, citrus acidity and a slight spritz. The oak almost heads to vanilla flavours and gives a comforting edge where natural astringency may otherwise dominate, finishes with slightly sour/sweet fruit. Not the first wine you’d reach for if you’re after a Pinot…but serve it with light pasta lunch and it’ll do.