The Best Pinot Noir Bargain of the Year, Full Stop:
2015 Trapeze Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
Okay. We’re always on the lookout for great Pinot Noir, both at the top-end of the register and at the everyday, the mid-week, the accessibly priced – whatever you’d like to call it – end of the spectrum. But we were a bit stunned recently by the new release of a wine we know well. Both by the high quality – something we expect from the makers, though the upward tick in the sublime 2015 vintage has taken it to a new level – but also by the price that we’d be able to offer it for: a neat and tidy, and oh so thrifty, $20 a bottle – from a ‘shelf’ price of $32. To be frank, we don’t think we’ve offered a better bang-for-your-buck Pinot ever. Yep, ever – the quality to price ratio is off the scale.
Let’s talk about the pedigree first. James Lance (Punch) and Brian Conway (Izway) launched the Trapeze project in the 2011 vintage to craft Yarra Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay away from their home projects. Now James would be no stranger to Pinot lovers, as winemaker at the groundbreaking Diamond Valley winery and for his own Punch label, which is something of a cult star. As Campbell Mattinson said: “…the wines under James Lance’s watch are superb.”
The 2015 Trapeze Pinot Noir is the best that James reckons they’ve made so far, and we firmly agree. From three mature vineyards all planted to MV6, this is as handcrafted as it comes: hand-picked, a small portion (7%) of whole bunches for a little fragrance and tannin complexity, whole berries for the remainder fermented with natural yeasts in small bins to naturally regulate temperature, hand plunged and foot trodden, a smattering of new oak and no fining or filtration – Pinot winemaking at its best. And the end result (with a bit of air) is a neat marriage of autumnal Pinot seriousness with vibrant fruit, suppleness and proper structure that will give it plenty of mid-term cellar legs. As Gary Walsh notes in his review: “It’s kind of serious, and not at the same time. I think it’s very good.”
We always back wine – no matter the price or level of prestige – that we believe in, wine that we love to drink, wine that is made from the ground up with integrity and handcrafted detail. And this ticks all the boxes at a ridiculously low tariff. This is a genuinely rare opportunity to buy top-flight Pinot Noir – whose quality exceeds its standard price, let alone the offer price – for a modest mid-week outlay. This is one to stock up on – an absolutely brilliant buy.
Trapeze Pinot Noir 2015: $20/bottle
“It’s autumn and spring rolled into one glass. Cherries and roses up top, spice and undergrowth below. Oak is discreet, and it’s quietly, but insistently fruity with a firm bed of lightly grainy tannin, and a spicy finish of excellent length. It’s kind of serious, and not at the same time. I think it’s very good.”
– Gary Walsh, The Wine Front: 93+ points
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