2007 Fonty's Pool "Single Vineyard" Pinot Noir Pemberton Western Australia

SKU #1051810

A truly elegant Pinot Noir from Australia? Yes, if you know the seamless structure of wines from Western Australia it can be done. Fonty's Pool produces 100% estate grown fruit ranging from sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and the ubiquitous shiraz. It was the pinot that truly stood out with sweet cherry fruit, earthy spice notes and a bright supple finish. This is one of our best under $20 reds. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood) According to James Halliday: "Overall, distinctly savoury style, with plenty of personality, though the tannins tremble on the brink; distinctively varietal. Screwcap."

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/17/2009  | Send Email
I know what you are thinking: Australian Pinot Noir? But this is Western Australian Pinot, where the cooler climate produces a lighter style Pinot. Lots of red fruit and cherry on the nose and palate with a wonderful soft texture. A great expression of Pinot, similar to a New Zealand style, for only $13.99.

 By: Neil Maiers-Wine Expedition |  Review Date: 12/14/2009 
I used to think it was impossible to find a nice Pinot for under $20. I was wrong. While it's still a tough assignment there are a few exceptions to that rule and this my friends is one of the better exceptions that I've found... and from Australia? Who woulda thunk. To start with, it has a nice, light garnet color and a light but inviting nose with notes of strawberries and white cherries. Easy-drinking: light, bright and elegant. Classic flavors of strawberries and cherries are followed by a nice dusting of earth and a gentle finish. Check out our tasting notes video on this wine at www.wineexpedition.com.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

Australia

- 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 Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley 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, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Western Australia

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5