Peregrine Pinot Noir Vertical Tasting 2007 – 2011

Peregrine Pinot Noir 2007

This wine has a soft bouquet of ripe cherry and plum jam finished with a hint of higher-alcohol spiciness. Silky tannins and smooth hints of caramel and mushroom carry the mid palate through to a beautiful finish. This wine was beginning to show it’s age with subtle reductive notes on the nose and less than robust phenolics. That said the wine has aged well and was the favourite of the group, especially those more familiar with Old World styles.

Peregrine Pinot Noir 2008

This wine was showing beautiful fruit character with secondary aromas of caramel, boysenberry, pepper and gun flint. Cherry flavours dominated the mid palate which dropped off into a slightly bitter finish. Tannins were present and fine although slightly lacking in structure which shortened the finish and left the wine a little flat. This wine had great flavours but was a little disjointed which made it less favoured by the group.

Peregrine Pinot Noir 2009

The award winning 09 vintage is still going strong with a beautiful array of floral and fruity aromas giving way to a smooth and silky mid palate. Stone fruits and plum are complimented with a hint of mint and wild thyme giving complexity and strength. The finish is long and mouth filling, with soft tannins leaving only a slight puckering. This wine has perhaps reached it’s peak and will only be drinking well for another year or so. This fruit forward and delicate wine was more popular with the females in the group, though not all.

Peregrine Pinot Noir 2010

This bold and flamboyant wine has beautiful Doris plum and earthy notes on the nose. The firm and shifty tannins give weight and structure to a blackcurrant and spicy mid palate. This wine has an audacious charm that fills the mouth and lingers longer than you’d expect. Not only drinking well now this wine shows a robust character that will benefit from another 2-3 years cellaring. Second favourite of the group by consensus, although it was the most polarising wine of the flight.

Peregrine Pinot Noir 2011

Aromas of red currant and spice were complimented by subtle floral notes on the nose. In the mouth this wine is rich and bold with dark plum and cherry showing on the mid palate and giving way to fine but firm tannins. The finish was strong but abruptly dropped off to leave the wine a little short. This wine was a little disjointed because of its young age, however it has beautiful potential to age for another 3-4 years. This wine was received well by most, not a favourite but neither was it least favoured.

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