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

Williams Crossing 2011Gentle 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 results of careful and skilful handling.  Whilst terroir, viticulture and winemaking all have an impact on the wine produced, the benefits of sorting tables and gravity feed processing are in preserving the detail and subtleties.

The Williams Crossing 2011 pinot noir is a finely detailed wine – colour, aromas and palate are beautifully defined. The light crimson hue in the glass looks enticing but the nose is where you become fully engaged. It is floral with aromas of violets and fresh roses supporting raspberries and ripe strawberries. Beyond the flowers and fruit are notes of shaved oak, cloves and wet forest floor.

The palate is similarly nuanced with red berries, blue berries and cranberry flavours finishing with some spice and mineral. While it is light to medium bodied, it is nicely persistent. The texture is fine with some lively, bright acid providing support. The overall impression is of balance and definition.
This wine was purchased at the cellar door. Value of money and highly recommended.

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