Well, I had a friend of mine come by the other day to share a wine, and he brought with him one of our own 2009 Pinots! I told him to save it, and we tried something else; but I thought it was high time I revisited the 2009, the first wine we produced – just to see how it was holding up.
After opening the bottle I thought I may as well carry on through our line up, for my own benefit, but also for those of you out there that are still holding on to an older vintage or two. So stay tuned for an update on each of our previous vintages, red and white.
Let’s start with the original: Gryphonwood 2009 One Bunch Pinot
Colour: On opening the 2009, I was pretty happy – while the edges are certainly picking up those brackish tones, the colour still has plenty of cherry depth to it for a 7 year old!
Nose: The classic young fruit characters have definitely moved on! While pepper remains, blackberry and cherry have given way to more mature characters – smoky bacon and earthiness.
Palate: I was surprised to find it still juicy! It had plenty of weight for its age, and flavours are still developing – the wine has become gamey with a bit of tobacco leaf. Its tannins are smoothing off, but still present, along with a surprising bit of acidity – it is still a good food wine!
After 10 minutes of air, the nose softened, its edges smoothed off, as did the finish. The following day, it was even more enjoyable.
Summary: It isn’t finished yet! It is still developing, and has another year or two to go. If you are holding on to it for the age benefit, keep holding! Otherwise, decant it and go for washed rind Brie or Gruyere cheese for an option, or really capitalise on it with dinner! Duck is the go, but I wouldn’t be upset if it was rare eye fillet medallions with this wine instead!
Wine available: less than 5 cases!
Next up: 2010 One Bunch Pinot