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Plantagenet (Australia) Pinot Noir 1998
This medium ruby coloured wine has an absolutely sumptuous nose layered with rich, ripe autumn berry fruit, soft, sweet strawberry and a toasty underpinning of vanilla and truffle. There all little gamy notes and suggestions of cinnamon and tobacco. On the palate it is intensely sweet and spicy, coating the palate with silky-textured lush fruit and ripe, drying tannins. The balance is fine, and the cloaked power of the French oak punches through on the finish. Really, I'd stick my neck out and say that as well as being the most enjoyable Australian Pinot Noir I've tasted in a long time, it is also the best. Excellent. (07/01)