Pinot Noir, Philip Shaw No. 8, Koomooloo Vineyard, Orange, New South Wales, Australia, 2012, 12.5% abv, AUS $40

As Jodie put it, “Who the heck drinks Pinot from Orange!?”

We do, and it was delicious.philip shaw 8

But just where is Orange?  It’s out of the way, even for wine geeks.  Cool and at a high altitude (the 123 acres of Koomooloo Vineyards where this comes from grow at 900m), it’s near Cowra in New South Wales, west of Sydney, Australia.

Here we have a wine that is a shade of translucent ruby with an elegant nose of summer Byng cherry and lots of deep black fruit with judicious oak.  It’s tender and delicate with smoothly ripened tannins and a dry palate showing medium plus acidity.  Flavours are medium intense and include more Byng and sour cherry, some light licorice fern, an herbal element, crushed rocks and wood.

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WSET Very Good quality; drink now or hold for 2-3 years.  Bonus artwork marks go to the back label artwork – it’s even prettier than the front.

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