2020 Cobaw Ridge Pinot Noir
Yes like everyone else poor weather during flowering for the Chardonnay and Pinot. The flip side was the Syrah missed the bad weather and flowed normally. Not so silly to have earlier and late varieties in the vineyard! Last time it was that bad was 1990 but bingo ‘91 was a huge crop! Fingers crossed for this year. Poetry from Alan Cooper of Cobaw Ridge. Reads like nouveau Ogden Nash.
This is a delightful wine, savoury and minty herbal, sour cherry led fruit flavours with some raspberry, white strawberry and a splash of kirsch in the mix. While the wine feels loose knit a a sheath of tannin tightens as the wine rolls over the palate, finishing long yet lightly chewy and very good. It’s fragrant, energetic, has that intangible sense of nourishment that some great, unadorned wines have. It feels unique, idiosyncratic in the best sense; very Cobaw Ridge. Easy pleasure, fine detail, a serious pinot with lift and presence. Drink 2021 - 2028.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (August 2021)