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The Scorpo philosophy focuses primarily on attention to detail in the vineyard, trusting the old axiom that great fruit makes great wine. "The family wants to leave this site in better condition than they found it. Healthy soil, land and vineyards will be the Scorpo Wines legacy." Owner, viticulturist, and winemaker Paul Scorpo takes full advantage of his impressive site when making the Noirien Pinot Noir. It's a fine boned, beautifully constructed wine which offers pleasure now or with some time in the cellar. James Halliday said of the 2015 vintage, "It feels skilful. It tastes terrific." in his 95 point review which summarises it perfectly. Pinot Noir fans will find plenty of pleasure here. The Mornington Peninsula is one of the go-to regions for quality Pinot and this wine is a great example of why.
What it Tastes Like
"Good release this. Shies away from fruitiness and settles into earth, briar, undergrowth and even a whiff of chookshed before revealing red and black berry fruits. The palate is light, delicate, firm with ribs of tannin, finishes mouthwatering and tight. Technoboobs will love saying this wine is ‘reductive’, but that just means you need more time with it open or in glass. It’s a firm, chewy, light red wine of pinot prettiness underlying. Good." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
95 points. "The word integration springs to the front of your mind. This is meaty, spicy and complex but it carries its various facets easily along with it, the fruit flowing at a fair clip. It feels skilful. It tastes terrific." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) 92+ points "Someone asked me, off record, what I thought about Scorpo wines the other day, and I only had good things to say. Been a while since I laid eyes on Paul Scorpo too, but with a WineFront regional tasting in the making for October, that may just be solved. Anyway, Noirien is the lighter-shade-of-Scorpo pinot noir, let’s say. It’s still pretty serious. Good release this. Shies away from fruitiness and settles into earth, briar, undergrowth and even a whiff of chookshed before revealing red and black berry fruits. The palate is light, delicate, firm with ribs of tannin, finishes mouthwatering and tight. Technoboobs will love saying this wine is ‘reductive’, but that just means you need more time with it open or in glass. It’s a firm, chewy, light red wine of pinot prettiness underlying. Good." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Pinot Noir Pinot Noir is made in a predominantly Burgundian winemaking tradition. The fruit is chilled, de-stemmed, and open vat fermented. Pre- fermentation cold soaking of the de-stemmed fruit enhances flavours and complexity. Spontaneous wild yeast fermentation usually begins 4 to 5 days after. The cap is plunged as required. After fermentation the wine is pressed and transferred to a selection of new (approx 25%) and used (one, two and three year old) tight-grained French barriques. The wine is bottled 18 months later. Vibrant cherry red with purple hues. Bright berry fruit and cherry nose with flint, oak and spices. Dark cherries, mushroom and spices on the savoury palate with silky tannins. A wine of wonderful structure and persistence.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
The Scorpo family has wine in their blood. Their heritage is littered with vino from Sicily, Sardinia and now the fertile soils of Mornington Peninsula. The wines are all grown on the family owned estate, meticulously managed and made by the patriarch, Paul. The wines are made in small quantities always put quality first and foremost.
The Mornington Peninsula has become a go-to destination for lovers of modern Australian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mornington’s perfect climatic conditions for producing these varieties has seen it become, in only a relatively short time, one of the premier regions for these varieties in the country. The wines are beautiful. The best examples are wines which show a restrained power. Both intensity and elegance. It’s a region which will continue to blossom and mature for many years to come.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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