Darling Park Pinot Noir

I’ll never forget the sight of pinot noir shrivelling before my eyes on the Mornington Peninsula on Black Saturday in early February 2009. Kudos to makers able to produce pinot at all in this vintage from hell, and legend status to any wine able to hold its freshness three years on. There’s a pretty, primary fruit brightness here, with layers of ripe, secondary red berry and red cherry fruit, exotic spice and herbal complexity. The structure is silky, with fine tannins drying out just a touch on the finish – the only remaining battle scar of that dreaded day.