Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Pinot 2010 really coming into its own.

We recently retasted the Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Pinot 2010 and it has really come into its own.  Winemaker Stephen Georges’ notes are always interesting reading – here’s what he said about this wine:  “2010 was a dry, mild, disease-free vintage with Pinot Noir yielding around our average of 3 kilos per vine.  In the winery we used all 18 of our clones (selections) for this wine, retained 10% whole berries and stalks, and then matured it in seasoned French oak barriques (200 litres) for a year before bottling in Feb 2011.  While I was away the Piccadilly Valley Pinot 2010 pretty much recovered from the usual shock of bottling.  The medium brick-red colour has darkened a little and the nose has increased in intensity with aromas of plum and cherry plus the all important savoury notes.  In the mouth the silky entry leads to a medium- weighted, finely textured palate with flavours as above and then to a long and softly tannic finish, a characteristic that makes the Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir 2010  perfect with so many foods.”