in a glass ……
Austins & Co are probably better known for their 6ft6 range of wines. The family winery from Australia’s Geelong wine region have a knack for producing quality wine with funky labels at around the $20 mark. They also have recently embarked on releasing two wines that showcase the potential for Pinot Noir in Geelong’s, Moorabool Valley.
By giving two winemakers free reign to make the family’s Pinot Noir in separate one tonne, hand harvested batches it has created an opportunity to compare different winemaking techniques. The two winemakers are Austins & Co’s own winemaker, Scott Ireland and Michael Kyberd, who has applied his deft touch to some of the Mornington Peninsula’s best regarded Pinots. Each of the wines bear the name of the winemaker.
Two different winemakers, two different batches and two very different wines.
Austins & Co Kyberd Pinot Noir (by Michael Kyberd) has been made with Pinot Noir clones MV6, D2V5 and D2V6. Kyberd took the fruit, destemmed it and then cool soaked for 4 days on the skins. The must then underwent ferment with cultured yeast. After ferment, the wine was pressed and after malolactic ferment was left in French oak (a third new) for 12 months.
The Kyberd Pinot Noir 2012 is the more purple hued of the pair. The nose is darker fruit, dark cherry sits amongst the cranberry, spicy forest floor, nutmeg and sage. On the palate, it is a little lighter in body than the Ireland, the fruit has more of a strawberry and cranberry profile. Fine tannins filter along the long finish and the wine finishes on a crisp acid note. Of the two, this wine shows less herb notes and darker spices.
Austins & Co Ireland Pinot Noir has been crafted by Scott Ireland. Here the fruit was further portioned out with 30% of the fruit undergoing whole bunch ferment and 70% went on to be destemmed. After ferment, the two wines were matured for nine months in French oak (a third new) and then racked to integrate together in tank for a further month before bottling.
The Ireland Pinot Noir 2012 is cherry ruby coloured with an earthiness to the cherry, thyme and sage and cinnamon. Elegantly proportioned, there are plenty of earthy spices and stemmy herbs on the finish here. It is very supple and as soft as silk in the mouth. This wine loves to have an airing and was still looking good after two days sitting in the bottle.
These wines are $45+ each.