2011 Happs Estate Pinot Noir Margaret River (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1151329 93 points James Halliday

 *Special Value Selection* Brilliant crimson; has greater purity of varietal flavor than any Margaret River Pinot Noir I have ever previously tasted; crisp red fruits and spice are at the heart of a wine tailor-made for immediate drinking.  (7/2012)

K&L Notes

A rich, pure, fruit-driven Pinot Noir from the cool coastal sub-region of Karridale in Margaret River. A exceptional value Pinot with layers of silky dark fruit, spice and hint of vanillin from the French oak. Soft, lush, juicy and easy to enjoy, a real crowd pleaser. From the winemaker: "Farmed organically, wild yeast ferment, minimal fining and filtration to preserve the richness and aromatics of the wine. The ripe strawberry and cranberry flavors carry on to the palate and combine with glace cherry, plum with a hint of blackcurrant. A medium-full bodied wine with good fruit intensity and lively acidity. Perfect for everyday drinking."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2014 | Send Email
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An exceptional value in Pinot Noir! Rich and fruit driven with silky smooth tannins. I find mostly dark cherry and baking spice but there some crunchier red fruits notes, hints of bark and subtle french oak nuances. This is great easy drinking Pinot that outperforms many much more expensive bottles. I will be drinking plenty of this as long as it stays on our shelves! We got a great price on this thanks to an importer direct relationship.
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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River