31 Jul 2015

Sometimes, in winemaking as in life, things just don't go the way you would like them to. This is especially true with wine show results, wine reviews and the like. Here at Squitchy we are pretty happy with our 2013 Pinot Noir as are some reviewers:

2013 Squitchy Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir

Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA


Cellar: 4 - 5 years (2019-2020) ABV: 13.50% Closure: Stelvin

Semi translucent dark red colour with a bright crimson red hue. The nose displays aromas of both dark and sour cherries alongside some fresh plum with underlying toasty oak and spice. Supple generously fruited palate entry featuring flavours of dark cherries and plum intermixed with a touch of sour cherries, some spicy cedar and faint earth. Good power. Velvet smooth tannins with a long dark cherry, plum, cedar and spice aftertaste. Delicious drinking and very savoury.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.

Alc 13.5%

Then again, there are those reviewers who see something different and less pleasing:

Squitchy Lane Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

Winery: Squitchy Lane Vineyard

Region: yarra valley

Variety: Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2013

Rating: 87

Drink By: 2018

Price: $35.00

Date Tasted: 27 Feb 2015

Alcohol: 13.5%

Clones MV6 and 114; matured in French oak until bottled Feb '14. Light colour; the bouquet has some smoky/meaty nuances, followed by a briary palate.

And yes, if you are wondering, it is the same wine. Judging by the brevity of the second review, it is safe to assume the reviewer found nothing to like in the wine. What would you think if you purchased the wine based on the first review, then before you had opened a bottle you saw the second review? Would you want your money back? Maybe you'd ask for the dark red-coloured one, not the light red one!