2014 Vat 6 Hunter Pinot Noir
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93 Points - Light red/purple colour, with very fragrant, strawberry, red cherry and spice aromas, and a lovely light-bodied palate of great flavour and balance. The balance is faultless. This is a delicious pinot in a light frame: one of the best I can recall from Tyrrell's.
Gary Walsh, Wine Front
92+ Points - 500 dozen produced. Baby faced winemaker Chris Tyrrell advises “around 40% whole bunch, based on bucket mathematics, comes out of wood earlier, not much racking and stuff. Leave it be. Natural primary ferment, let it run. No fining has happened in these wines for about for ten years. Light cross flow filter to make it sparkly.” That’s me doing my speed typing as he talks, and while I quote, I change his words to make them a bit fancier. Anyway, Vat 6, Hunter Valley, Tyrrells and Pinot Noir, as Halliday once quipped of one Vat 6 “Truly the dog talking”. Well, I reckon every dog will have its day, and for me, that happens a fair bit with Vat 6. A characterful wine, that presents another different, regional and, I think, varietal expression of the grape. I like it. NB: $42 Private Bin members price.
Bright raspberry and strawberry boiled lolly, bit of musk and spice and stalky funk, earthy notes, light spiced oak in the back. Light to medium bodied, grainy firm tannin, pulls on the finish, slight warmth in there, but a good length and freshness. Feels pretty strict in terms of structure and style, but relaxed after a day of being open. Really like this. May have some improvement to come, and typically these wines show further interest with bottle age.