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Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2008

by Nannette Eaton on April 8, 2011

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” — Helen Keller

Australian pinot noir? Who knew? This was my first pinot, and I went for an Australian wine selection being the daring adventurer that you know me to be. Australian wine has a bad rap but I have no idea why after tasting it. The experience? Delicious. Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2008 is a dark ruby with a tinge of brown. The flavors are cherry and cranberry – zesty, tangy and zippy. It’s not like an Oregon pinot (just as an Oregon pinot isn’t similar to Burgundy). This is a zippy brash wine. This wine is addictive, you don’t want to stop at one glass. So make sure you buy enough to go around for everyone! The perfect pairing is Donna Hay’s Spring Lamb Cutlets with Potato, Pea & Tarragon Salad. The music match is “Speed of Sound” from Coldplay from the album X&Y.

The details: 14% alcohol. Auscap screw-cap closure. Varietal: pinot noir. Appellation: Yarra Valley. Coldstream Hills is owned by the wine writer James Halliday and his wife Suzanne. The suggested retail is $25 USD. Imported by Treasury Wines Estates. This was a media sample provided by Treasury Wines Estates for the Wine Communicators of Australia and Rick Bakas Community Wine Tastings coordinated by Mastermind Consulting.