Our party enjoyed the PE pinot noir but I may have had more realistic expectations of this wine had I not paid $A60 for the bottle at the small suburban restaurant but at that price the wine didn’t represent great value. Following are my brief tasting notes:
The nose opened up after about half an hour, revealing cherry and plum fruits intermingled with old cedary oak. A mid weight palate displayed bright cherry which gives way to herbal and woody notes. A relatively simple nose and a straight forward palate is enhanced by the subtle but interesting end notes of wood and herbs. It has a firm finish but with fine, unobtrusive tannins. This is a well made second label, early release wine which would fit the bill as a match for pizza, pasta or rice dishes or any dish not requiring too much structure or complexity.
This wine is produced by vinegnon and winemaker, Lindsay McCall at his Paringa Estate which is located at Red Hill in the Mornington Peninsula wine region (Australia). Paringa Estate is one of the most awarded wineries in Australia, winning gold medals and trophies at most national wine shows and is a star of the Mornington Peninsula.