Bellvale Pinot Noir 2018 (Gippsland, Victoria) "...sour cherry, raspberry, spice..."
Established in 1998, Bellvale Estate is situated in the Tarwin River Valley of South Gippsland, family owned and operated by winemaker and viticulturist John Ellis. This is definitely pinot country with top producers like Bass Phillip and Moondarra in the neighbourhood making some of the best examples of pinot in Australia. The problem is they’re expensive and hard to obtain, whereas this beautiful little pinot is accessible and extremely well made and very reasonably priced for the quality.
"This classically styled Pinot Noir shows upfront raspberry and wild strawberry notes with complex, savoury spices such as clove and anise. Well-proportioned oak frames the background of dense, dark plums, briar and blackberry fruit. The palate is full and balanced with plenty of polished tannin and an excellent upright structure carrying a dense core of powerful fruit."