Kelvedon 2011 Pinot Noir (East Coast, Tasmania, Australia)

KelvedonA promising young pinot with characteristics which you look for: quality raspberry & dark cherry fruit, silky texture and balanced fruit, tannins and acid. It opens with attention grabbing sappy (whole bunch?) elements and follows through with a silky and juicy palate. The adequate finish is laced with salted caramel and dark cherry. I would have liked more in the middle palate which bordered on being a ‘hole’  or at least a dip in the palate.  I expect that this would fill in with further bottle age. My overall impressions are that this young wine will age gracefully over the coming 3-5 years and will be an elegant, interesting wine.
 Kelvedon is a large historic property on the East Coast of Tasmania near Swansea. It has been owned and managed by the Cotton family since 1829. The Kelvedon vineyards produces Pinot and Sauvignon Blanc. Kelvedon has traditionally been a fine wool sheep property with some cropping and these operations still continue. In 2009 Kelvedon Estate won the prestigious Vineyard of the Year which indicates the dedication the family has to pursuing fine wine production. Pinot production is quite small with only 3.5ha being planted to the variety.

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