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Pennon Hill Montalto Pinot Noir 2013


Recommendation: DELICIOUS fresh and fruity Pinot Noir.

Winery/Producer: Montalto; Red Hill, Australia.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Mornington Peninsula; Victoria, Australia.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $37.90 (AUS$) about $29.00 (US$) plus a $20 corking fee.

Purchased From: Australian Wine Centre; 1 Alfred Street; Sydney, Australia.

Paired With: Pan-seared peppered tuna with carrot stir-fry and rice.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, dark ruby red color with a light red rim. Cherry and wet wood aromas. RICH, smooth fruity taste with delicious soft tannins and a spicy, slightly dry lingering finish. This is a WOW, WOW. The first taste had a hint of alcohol but it disappeared by the second taste. Wonderful drinking alone before dinner and simply a GREAT pairing with the tuna; but the tuna was either over cooked or sat to long before serving. So it’s a GREAT pairing but in this case the wine was MEMORABLE but the tuna was only fair…at best, and I’m being kind. DELICIOUS fresh and fruity Pinot Noir.

    Just a little side note: we purchased this on our first of two visits to Sidney, Australia while on a world cruise . On our second visit we purchased four more bottles. It was pretty special wine!!!

    She said: Deep red color, translucent, numerous legs with speedy decent. Dusty fruit aroma leads to a luscious fruity taste. With medium body, the wine is dry, smooth and has soft tannins and a medium long finish. The wine was opened one hour ahead but seemed to become more supple as time went by. Very nice pairing! The peppered tuna was over cooked but the wine saved the meal. The pepper on the tuna, together with its flavor combined beautifully with the wine. I’m not a lover of pinot noir, but this one really grabs me. Open it ahead and give it a chance to breath, it will reward you. Excellent sipping wine too!

    Comments: Purchased in a Sidney, Australia wine shop and consumed in the Britannia Restaurant on board the Cunard Queen Mary 2.

    Special Note: This wine was selected as one of the ten best value wines we reviewed in 2015, See The Best Value Wines of 2015

Alcohol: 13.7%

Bar code: 9 347046 000160

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