Porters 'Estate' Pinot Noir 2017 750ml
Bright, rose petal colour and hue. Quite bright in the glass, with none of that extruded bottled black Doris plum colour. The bouquet, at this stage, ever so slightly closed, tells you this wine requires a modest decanter and aeration prior to consuming. I would say about half an hour would be ideal. Typical Porter Estate aromas: a floral, cherry and earthy complexity. That “French” type complexity we love as it harmonises beautifully with game and cheese. There is a redcurrant, cherry and petal delicacy about the nose and over a period of time, new flavours and smells begin to emerge. At this stage, the palate is a good reflection of the nose, there are no unpleasant surprises. The initial mouthfeel is an “Oh My” moment, the supple, smooth entry belies the palates firm and focal end. The tannins add a subtle framework, and the acid adds tightness. This is exactly what a young Pinot should be –pleasant now, but will reward the purchaser after several years of cellaring, in which it will gradually become more integrated than it currently is. One can see the flavours, tannins and acid there, but like teenagers at a school ball, they are nervous and shy, awaiting for the right song and intestinal fortitude in order to meet up for a wonderful harmonious sway and gentle touch. It’s an eager wine, keen but slightly shy currently. Lovely, elegant finish.