March Wines of the Month: Giants steps indeed
Last month I wrote up two Australian reds with marked pinosity. This month’s Australian red is the real deal, a Pinot Noir – my stand out wine from the Wine Australia Pinot Noir Masterclass I presented last month (trust me, with 17 top Pinots on show, competition was stiff). My other wine? An elegant Portuguese red from the Dão which, guess what, puts me in mind of Pinot Noir.
Giants Steps Applejack Pinot Noir 2012 (Yarra Valley)
Antonio Madeira Vinhas Velhas 2012 (Serra d’Estrela, Dão)
Madeira’s 2011 also made the cut for my Wine of the Month slot. I fancy the 2012 is even better. What giant steps this zero to Dão hero – an engineer by trade – has made in a very short space of time! The 2012 is incredibly delicate, with hints of violets and game to its pure, crunchy, cocoa-dusted red currant and firm, just ripe sweeter berry fruit. Fine-boned of structure, mineral acidity and gently assertive tannins carry a long, intense finish. Great appeal for Pinot Noir lovers. Taken together with Madeira’s first (2013) white wine, I have no doubt he is set for a future which is as bright as his wines. 12.5%