Le Timbre CantoOstinato is light and fragrant. It tastes of plums and is a bit meaty. Le Timbre CantoOstinato is 100% Pinot in character and texture. Juicy, soft, simple. Le Timbre CantoOstinato has a hint of sourness on the finish.
Le Timbre CantoOstinato is perfect for drinking over winter.
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Le Timbre is made in a small shed surrounded by an acre of vines in Keilor, Melbourne, Australia. Jasmine’s style is wine with minimal additions, emphasizing purity of fruit, lively acidity and bright, ripe texture achieved by the use of oxygen and lees contact. Everything is wild fermented, unfiltered and unfined. The results are always stunning. Understated but somehow with a huge presence. And wines that I’ve always regretted not getting more of as I drink my last bottle.
Le Timbre CantoOstinato Macedon Pinot Noir 2020 Winery Notes
“Handpicked and wild fermented as always. Whole berry Macedon Pinot Noir fermented with some whole bunches. Pressed and aged in barrel for a further 10 months. Racked by gravity and bottled with no additions except for a whisper of sulphur (30ppm). Unfiltered and unfined as always. 80 dozen made. Tastes like wild beries + fresh mountain herbs.”
A wholly underrate region in Australia. With a handful of extremely passionate but miserably small producers, it is not surprising that those who know don’t really share the knowledge. Outstanding Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wine is made here with a few braving some other varietals too.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one-trick pony. Apart from the best reds in the world, you can find world-class Pinot Noir rosé and sparkling. You can even find sweet wines, whites on occasion, and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannin and flavour. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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