About paul

Wine writer and retired vigneron. Passionate about pinot noir with 15 + years experience growing, making and marketing pinot noir. Extensive tasting experience including advanced wine tasting qualifications and international seminars.

2007 Bouchard Père et Fils, Beaune du Château 1er Cru (Burgundy, France)

Medium, translucent red hue in the glass. Good depth and complexity of aromas including perfume and some good burgundian earthy or forest notes. Very nice palate with balance and elegance displaying dark cherry, red berry fruits, smokey oak, sage and … Continue reading

Stefani Estate The View 2007 pinot noir (Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia)

Stefani Estate The View 2007 pinot noir (Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia) This Yarra Valley vineyard at Long Gully Rd was established in 1997 and planted shortly after. The fruit for this wine was sourced from this vineyard on the high ridge … Continue reading

Pinot Noir grapes owe a debt to ancient viruses – The University of Queensland, Australia

University of Queensland via Pinot Noir grapes owe a debt to ancient viruses – UQ News – The University of Queensland, Australia. In a study published in Nature Communications, Dr Andrew Geering and colleagues have mapped the presence of 30-million-year-old viruses in Pinot … Continue reading

Mount Dottrel 2007 (Mitre Rocks, Central Otago, NZ)

Clear and bright rich red reflections immediately foretell of good things to come. Lifted aromas of red forest berries waft from the glass urging the drinker on. The palate displays surprising freshness of juicy fruit, summer berries and cherry mingled … Continue reading

Central Otago tasting (at Taxi Dining Room, Melbourne) 25th August 2013

On Sunday afternoon, I attended a tasting of Central Otago pinot noir held at Taxi Dining room in Melbourne. It was organised by Central Otago Pinot Noir Limited (COPNL) which is a promotional organisation that develops regional promotions to benefit … Continue reading

Williams Crossing 2011 Pinot Noir (Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia)

Gentle handing of grapes in wine production really works! The results are amply displayed in this bottle from Curly Flat (Macedon Ranges of Victoria, Australia). Williams Crossing is their second label but powerful aromatics and impeccable flavours speak to the … Continue reading