Huber Malterdinger Pinot Noir 2013
This is unlike any Aussie or French Pinot you've tried. The wine is a crystal clear, rosey red. On the nose it's savoury, sappy, smokey and herbaceous, with a gentle touch of oak. On the palate you'll find deliciously astringent red currants and berries, liquorice and subtle spice. The finish is long and dry with hints of pepper. It's lean, as expected, but still has good weight and intensity. I tried this wine in a line up with several other Pinots and it appealed to me, not because one particular feature leapt out, rather because everything was so well balanced. Definitely more than the sum of its parts.
“Spicy and sappy, smoky cherry and plum with oak well in the background. Light to medium-bodied, spicy and undergrowthy, with crunch of acidity and a fine dusting of tannin. A bit minerally and has precision, without being too strict. Finish is good too. Likely better with a couple of years on it too, though attractive now.” 92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.