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Australia, Coal River Valley, Tasmania

Maison L Envoye

Maison L'Envoy Tasmania Pinot Noir 2017

Maison L'Envoye 'Coal River Valley, Tasmania' Pinot Noir 2017 90 pts Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes

A gorgeous perfumed nose, reminding of dried rose petal along with a touch of baking spice and earth notes to the bright cherry and red currant fruit, this aromatically has a captivating Pinot Noir nose. Medium bodied, silky textured, which will become even more prominent with more bottle age, this has good depth with engaging and fresh red fruit flavors that fill out the palate nicely while an undercurrent of acidity gives this drive and length. The tannins are perfectly integrated leading this to dry finish with good length and persistence. Although somewhat tightly bound at the moment, this shows great promise and should drink beautifully over the next 3-4 years quite easily.

Food Accompaniments

Salmon, duck, pork, mushroom dishes

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

90 pts Wine Advocate Issue #237 June 2018
Floral and herbal on the nose, the 2017 Pinot Noir adds hints of cherries and red currants on the palate. A joint venture between Mark Tarlov and American importer Old Bridge Cellars and made at Giant Steps winery in the Yarra Valley, it's a silky, medium-bodied wine with a lingering finish of pencil shavings, dark cherries and earth.
91 pts Wine Spectator 10/15/18
Cranberry and wild strawberry flavors show accents of spice, toasted herb, gunpowder tea and tomato leaf. Fresh and vibrant, on a crisp body. Drink now through 2028. 450 cases imported.

Winemaker Notes

Tasmania has a cool maritime climate and positioned as it is, right in the path of the “roaring forties,” can offer up annual rainfalls that are measured in feet in the west of the island. Much of the eastern half of Tasmania however, has relatively moderate rainfall, particularly the south-east. The Coal River Valley itself lies in a rain-shadow created by the Mount Wellington Range to the west. Here the rainfall pattern allows for uninterrupted spring flowering and fruit set. At the other end of the season, the long, warm and dry autumn ripening days develop good colors and flavors while the cool nights help to retain Tasmania’s trademark acidity.
The fruit was hand-picked and sorted in April from mature vines growing on the Nocton Vineyard’s dolerite-based soils. The whole berries and 30% whole clusters underwent an indigenous ferment in a large French oak vat. Drain and returns along with plunges were carried out only when required. The wine matured over the following 9 months in oak barriques. Bottled unfined and unfiltered by gravity at Giant Steps in February, 2018.
This is a delicate and fragrant style of Pinot with distinct characters of red apple, cranberry, nutmeg, and earth notes. The judicious use of oak works to this wine’s advantage by imparting a nice mouthfeel against the generous, supple palate.

Chemical Analysis




14.1% alcohol by volume



Pinot Noir

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