Australia’s terrific 2010s – some fine Yarra Pinot Noirs & a sneak preview at Ben Glaetzer’s Barossa beauts

Zipping around London International Wine Fair yesterday, I tasted some terrific Australian wines from 2010.  Presenting a fine crop of Yarra Valley Pinot Noirs at Victoria’s stand of goodies (stand M4), Steve Webber (pictured) reckons 2010 is “the best Pinot vintage in the Yarra in 10 years. “

Just as exciting was the individuality of the wines.  From its cooler climes in the Upper Yarra Andrew Marks’ The Wanderer and Gembrook Hill stood out for their persistence and line, the Gembrook, bony and mineral on the finish. 

Striking a richer note, with black as well as red fruits and a touch more rondeur, Timo Mayer’s Mayer Reserve, made with stems, was strikingly and deliciously spicy, while Mr Webber’s own De Bortoli Estate showed a beautiful purity of fruit wed to firm, bony tannins.

From the Barossa, Ben Glaetzer was glum about this year’s crop.  He just finished vintage a week and half ago and told me that the wet weather meant he’d left many grapes on the ground – no Grenache, no Cabernet in 2011… However his face lit up, as did mine, with a  sneak preview of his remarkably deep coloured but fresh as well as fleshy 2010s, Bishop Shiraz, Anaperenna Shiraz/Cabernet and Amon-Ra Shiraz – no little compensation to be found there!

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