Domenica Wines Pinot Noir 2017. As you would be aware by now, 2017 was a great year for Victorian Winemakers.
Winemaker at Domenica Peter Graham thought so too, and took advantage of an offer of some Pinot Noir grapes from the Indigo Vineyard in Beechworth. The resulting wine is likely to be a one off but it truly is a glorious example of Beechworth Pinot Noir.
Deep Red in colour it is a real contrast to the flavours, from a wine this dark you would almost expect something over the top and powerful. The resulting wine is a masterpiece in elegance. The nose offers meaty notes that evolve into raspberries, musk and spices. Notably there is 30% whole bunch in the ferment, but hardly any evidence of sappy twiggy-ness on the nose. The nose is quite complex, the more you look the more you find. The palate is a Pinot Noir drinker's dream, offering light red cherries, dark cherries, fine to chalky tannins with a long savoury finish. The tannins offer an elegant structure that manages to contain the rich cherry flavours. Soft and elegant with a long finish. This is a beautiful Pinot that will continue to develop and flesh out with time. I am already looking forward to a revisit.