2020 Joshua Cooper Ray Monde Vineyard Pinot Noir
Described by wine commentator Mike Bennie as "one of Australia’s brightest young winemakers”, Joshua Cooper is steadily forging a reputation for thoughtful, elegant, and confident wines from grapes grown in Macedon and surrounds.
From the regenerative farm of Ray-Monde Vineyard comes pinot noir of Joshua Cooper’s bidding. Ray-Monde always puts me in mind of the Rayman video games, for some reason.
Scents of ripe cherry, brambles and undergrowth, sweet manure, truffle, old campfire and wet bark. Savoury as. Flavours savoury too, tannins gummy and late to come into play, the wine finishes a bit short and with a sappy and sooty, smoked meat finish. Dark cherry, dark plum flavours before that, even a touch of espresso and clove in the mix. A darker, earthier release, a bit disjointed at present, the quiet smoky spice element a niggle. Still, a charming wine of grand savouriness on hand. Drink: 2021 - 2029.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (August 2021)
With very vivid strawberry and bright red-cherry aromas and flavors, this is complex from the outset and the fruit really shines through. There’s plenty of perfume, too. Very silky texture with smooth, fine tannins and a silky, fresh resolve. Pomegranate and cherry essence to close. Vibrant. Drink or hold.
Nick Stock - JamesSuckling.com (August 2021)