Masterclass: Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium and others tasted later

  • 2010 Bass Phillip Chardonnay Estate – Australia, Victoria, Gippsland
    Oats, some spice, melon and grapefruit aromas. Palate is rounded out by some sweet fruit but offset by good acidity. 89/100

  • 2010 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir The Crown Prince – Australia, Victoria, Gippsland
    Cherry, some bramble and just a slight earthy note. The palate shows some tasty and supple red fruits while maintaining a savoury edge. Approachable and drinking nicely already. 89/100

  • 2010 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Estate – Australia, Victoria, Gippsland
    Stalks, briar, violets and cherry on the nose. The palate continues the savoury earthen trend and is paired with good structure through the fine tannin. Good and should improve over the medium term. 90/100

  • 2007 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Estate – Australia, Victoria, Gippsland
    Cherry, plum and some leather and spice – reminded me more of a wine in the medium aged Hunter Valley mould on the nose. The palate is extremely elegant and restrained, just hinting at some sweet fruit in the background. Good length with the tannins providing plenty of grip. Drink over the next 4-5 years. 90/100

  • 2010 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium – Australia, Victoria, Gippsland
    Unique nose of salami, tobacco, red cherry and violets – I found this really appealing even though it sounds slightly strange. The palate is long and restrained, with medium bodied red fruits and a very lengthy finish. Impressive even now, in 7-8 years I think it will be even better. 92/100

  • 2009 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium – Australia, Victoria, Gippsland
    My favourite wine of the night. Intensely fragrant and floral nose of rose petals, earth, cherry and subtle spices. The palate is brilliant – it has amazing focus and structure and even though it is youthful, there is a layered complexity to it that just takes this to another level. Superb length and a stunning wine overall. 94/100

  • 1995 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium – Australia, Victoria, Gippsland
    Smoked meats, with autumn leaves and sour cherry aromas. The palate is lightly fruited and shows excellent complexity. Was drinking at, or just past, its peak. 90/100

  • 1987 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium – Australia, Victoria, Gippsland
    From magnum, but opened two days prior by the winemaker. VA and leather on the nose, with some smoke and tobacco notes. The palate is better than the nose, the is well balanced and still showing some good acidity. Hard to call since it was opened so long beforehand, but the nose was tired and I wish I could have tried it when opened.

  • 2010 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Reserve – Australia, Victoria, Gippsland
    A serious nose with black cherry, earth, truffle and just a background hint of raspberry and game. There is a bit more fruit density here on the palate than the 2010 Premium but retains the great depth and structure. Very classy wine. 92/100

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