Top Five Pinots: Pinosity’s pick of the Halliday Bunch

The good book of Australian wine, the Halliday Wine Companion, has hit the streets and some of our favourite Pinots have seriously impressed his pious palate.

Check out Pinosity’s top five “picks of the Halliday bunch” for some of our all-time favourites…

5. IT’S ALL ABOUT BEECHWORTH

In a recent interview Pinosity spoke to Rocco Esposito, sommelier for a little hole-in-the-wall Melbourne eatery called Vue De Monde. Rocco, who just happens to make his own wine in the Beechworth area revealed unabashedly that he is “particularly excited about Beechworth as a region,” and he’s not alone!

Halliday gave the 2013 Brokenwood Indigo Vineyard Beechworth Pinot Noir a solid 94 points this year for its “bright, clear colour,” and for being more “Pinot-ish” than its 2014 sibling.

He also said some nice things about the “fragrant red berry bouquet leading into a lively and expressive palate.” But all you need to know is that this top drop is a sure bet for Sunday barbeques with mates, retailing at just under $25 a bottle.

4. TARRAWARRA WHAT?

It seems like only yesterday our Pinosity team took a day-trip to the Yarra Valley. Unfortunately we were so busy trekking and eating that we didn’t get a chance to try the “sophisticated” 2013 TarraWarra Estate Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, which received an impressive 95 Points from Halliday this year.

It turns out the “bright, clear crimson-purple,” Pinot really could have saved us some time at the tasting table, because according to Halliday it embraces the “full spectrum of Yarra Valley Pinot aromas and flavours on its highly fragrant bouquet and palate.” Next time perhaps?

He also said it’s “juicy red and black cherry fruits are framed by fine, but persistent, savoury tannins,” so it’s a great one to crack open with a good steak now, or if you can manage it, leave in your cellar for another ten years.

3. THE STORYTELLER

It seems like James Halliday and Sam Neill have the same taste in dinner guests, “long, fine and more simply, fantastic to spend time with.”

The only difference is that Sam would prefer to share his table with Marylin Monroe and Cleopatra, while Halliday is hanging out to dine with the 2013 Kooyong Single Vineyard Selection Ferrous Pinot Noir.

Scoring a whopping 96 points the Ferrous promises “a big story from the outset,” according to Halliday.“It’s all showy oak and velvety fruit, but once the opening number has died down a web of finer details is revealed, and there the mesmerising begins.”

He goes on to describe this top drop’s “plums, cherries, steel, spice, polished cedarwood and subtle foresty elements.”

Halliday says that this wine would be “a welcome guest at dinner anytime,” and retailing at around $60 a bottle we think he’s right. Perfect for a fancy dinner party or date night with someone special.

2. TOTALLY DELICIOUS DALRYMPLE

Now, we don’t like to blow our own horn, but if Dalrymple’s wines can make the great James Halliday contradict himself, imagine what they will do to your palate!

Our very own Pete Caldwell’s Dalrymple Bicheno Pinot Noir 2013 scored a well-deserved 96 points in this year’s Companion, and was described as “a totally delicious mouthfilling array of…spiced plum, black cherry, sweet tannins (oxymoron, I know) and a touch of plum cake.”

Dalrymple’s 2013 Cottage Block and Dalrymple Pinot Noir were also given a substantial 94 points, while the2013 Coal River Valley Pinot Noir, which received an impressive 95 points, was described by Halliday as having a bouquet and palate with “extra dimension” and “racy aroma and flavor”.

1. FREYCINET ALL THE WAY!

Oliver Wang, sommelier at Lucy Liu Restaurant and Bar in Melbourne named Freycinet Pinot Noir as one of his favourite Tasmanian brands in a recent Pinosity interview, and it looks like he’s in good company.

The 2013 Freycinet Pinot Noir scored an outstanding 97 points in this year’s Companion for the “sulky, brooding Pinot Noir quality oozing from its pores.” You can see why Oliver Wang would like this one too, with descriptors of “smoky, sappy perfume, rose petals, berries and a power of cherry-plum fruit,” it sounds like the perfect match for Lucy Lui’s spicy Asian-inspired dishes.

And it just gets hotter, with this winning wine from Bicheno, Tasmania, taking on the persona of a hot yoga teacher in Halliday’s review – “vigourous and athletic, supple, everything massaged and alert at once,” all for around $60 retail a bottle.