Same Same (but different). It’s a catch cry in Vietnam, printed on cheap t shirts that Western tourists buy and lose their shape after the first wash. The name in this instance comes from the mutations that Pinot Noir has spawned: Meunier, Gris, Blanc etc…..while they remain nearly the identical genetically, their flavour and colour profiles do vary indeed.
With the Pinot Meunier from Hoddles Creek and Pinot Noir from Dixons Creek, the fruit sources are top notch. As is the winemaking, overseen by Steve Webber at De Bortoli.
Vinoque, Same Same, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2020
Medium garnet colour in the glass. Aromatic cranberry and cherry with attractive warm brown spice, smoky stalky herbal chill and blood orange citrus cut. Lightly framed, but carrying just enough toothsomeness to pour the bottle out over lunch without over thinking. Bright finish, juicy and easy to consume.
Rating: 17.5/20 (90/100)
Wine sample courtesy of De Bortoli Wines