Saturday, October 3, 2009

Philip Lobley Upper Goulburn Reserve Pinot Noir 2007

When you see the moniker ‘Reserve’ on any product, the first thought is that you have something pretty good. Bass Phillip uses it, Paringa Estate use it, Moss Wood used to use it and more recently Luke Lambert uses it – very well I must say. So when I sore the Phillip Lobley Reserve Pinot Noir 2007 for $37 at Rathdowne Cellars a month ago I thought, ‘beauty’. Even Eddy, the owner of Rathdowne said he was very impressed with it; sweet as a nut then!

Expectations can be dangerous, and in this case expectations were high but unfortunately were not met. In the glass the wine looked a quite dirty red that was very translucent. Macerated sweet strawberries and a bit of earth were all I got on the nose with the mouth offering up very little – maybe a bit young. However, the next day the wine did not yield much in the way of development with the palate quite dry and flat with a little astringency at the back.

No real balance or length; maybe this wine will be better in a few years perhaps.

Drink till 2013
Drink with cold leftovers – seriously!
Screwcap 12.8%v/v $37

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