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New Releases

 

2019 Picardy Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

2018 Picardy Chardonnay

2017 Picardy Pinot Noir

2017 Picardy Tête De Cuvée

2016 Picardy Shiraz

2016 Picardy Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

2017 Picardy Merlimont

85% Sauvignon Blanc 15% Semillon

I must confess to having consumed quite a bit of the previous release 2018 sauvignon blanc semillon in the past few months.  I just cannot find another house that delivers this particular brand of punchy acidity and ripe southern fruit.  The 2019, is tighter and more lengthy than the 2018, and certainly takes a full 24hrs to come out of its shell.  Initially it is restrained - packed with pure, almost crystalline, fruit (green apple, crunchy pineapple) and that brine-y swoosh through the finish.  There is a fine phenolic grip through the mid palate which serves to up the ante in the interest department, and makes it eminently food friendly.  Another magnificent SBS release from this house.  In comparison to the 2018 this is fine and sharp, plenty of cut-through and no shrinking violet.  Speaking from experience, this only gets better the day after, don’t be afraid to try it over a day or two.

Erin Larkin

Tasting notes

2019 Picardy Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Tasting notes

2018 Picardy Chardonnay

 

As usual, this wine, perhaps more than any other wine in the Picardy stable, goes through a significant evolution over time from now at release, through to a year and beyond.  It always, as now, emits tight fresh tropical aromas in its youth - honeydew melon, green mango and nashi pear.  From the mid palate onwards it moves into curry leaf, stone fruit and sea salt as it prepares for the lingering flavours through the finish.  This is fantastic.  Each year I am more and more thrilled about this wine.  This year it leaves an impression of salted summer peach, the crackle of fine fresh toffee, sweet red apple skins, flaking of lemon pith and wisps of greek yogurt and curry leaf.  Complex, full and long.  Lovely stuff.

Erin Larkin

 

Fragrant summer strawberries, green peppercorn and black cherry on the nose.  The palate is typically structured and fine, with masses of concentrated berry fruit that silkily drips off the sides of the palate.  It is elegant and composed on entry, however it explodes on the mid palate in a burst of refreshing acidity and ripe silky fruit.  The flavour swells in the mouth, before it gently tapers through the long finish.  This is spicy and creamy at once; redolent with dusty exotic spice countered by poached strawberry, and wrapping up in a stemmy, olive tapenade finish.  What a marvellous wine. This has the sweet/savoury balance sorted, and is perhaps the most complete estate pinot release to date.  It somehow balances the sweet fruit I associate with Tassie, the dry phenolic structure and finesse that I associate with the Yarra, and of course the fine boned yet concentrated flavour profile that is endemic to Picardy. 

Erin Larkin

Tasting notes

2017 Picardy Pinot Noir

Tasting notes

2017 Picardy Tête De Cuvée  - Pinot Noir

The Tete de Cuvee is always released a year after the estate pinot from the same vintage.  So one could say that the pinot is the preview to the Tete.  I like to look at it like that.  To give this release some context, the 2017 Pinot was a fine a silky affair, with Pemberton fruit that straddled a Tassie/Yarra fence in terms of supple and juicy, pink fruit characters.  Needless to say, incredibly drinkable, delicious and much loved.  The Tete is without fail, richer (owing to lower yielding vines), more brooding and darker in colour.  This release is no exception. Here there is charcuterie, black olive and charry spice around the edges of the red cherry fruit, the depth and complexity on the palate telling us we’re in serious pinot territory.  The length, as ever, pulls away through the finish and gallops like a thoroughbred on Melbourne Cup day. I hope you’re decanting your Tete de Cuvee - the young ones like several hours prior to serving, you won’t regret it.

Erin Larkin

 

Impossibly bright on release, as it is each year.  This year has added layers of spice and textural complexity.  The palate has wonderful depth of flavour without weight - it is still an elegant mid-weight wine.  The shiraz delivers floral aromatics, red globe grapes, summer raspberry, black berry, and the already integrated Burgundian oak finely laces up the fruit.  The tannins are powder-fine and lingering… in that wonderful lip-smacking way.  Elegant and more of a Northern Rhone style of Syrah, not Shiraz, as we in Australia know it.  The Picardy shiraz really flies the flag for the elegant WA style - not in the mould of the structured and full-bodied Frankland or Great Southern, but the aromatic, floral style more akin to Margaret River.  This style is gaining popularity and momentum as people (us, the drinkers) discover how well it suits food and generally delivers great pleasure.   This is a gorgeous wine and will go through many stages in its lifetime; where it is right now though… wonderful stuff. 

Erin Larkin

Tasting notes

2016 Picardy Shiraz

Tasting notes

2016 Picardy Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc

68% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc

This year, a higher percentage of Merlot, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are obviously in lesser quantity, but feature in the same order.  

Szechuan peppercorn and green peppercorn on the nose, cacao nib, pink grapefruit, blood plum and mulberry.  This is sophisticated, medium bodied.  The tannins sit right up on the mid-palate before spilling into the sides of the mouth, they’re grippy but fine-grained and chalky, this whole experience is an exercise in finesse.   The 15% Cabernet Franc contributes white floral aromatics to the wine, while the Cabernet Sauvignon plays its blackcurrant, structure role.   The fruit has a fine minerality about it, a real impact of schist and shale, which laces right through the palate into the finish. 

Erin Larkin

 

52% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 

21% Cabernet Franc

We’ve not seen the Merlimont for a while, as it is only made in appropriate years; 'welcome back’ I say.  This has a juicy, plump and chocolate-y nose, underpinned by blackcurrant and raspberry.  There is mulberry and freshly cracked black pepper, and very fine grippy tannins. This is a spicy, almost old-world right bank blend, and one we don’t see too many of around these parts.  The flavours are long and fine through the finish, really pulling this experience out to its north.  Powder fine and spicy, another exciting and elegant Merlimont release.  

Erin Larkin

Tasting notes

2017 Picardy Merlimont -

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

Licence Number: 616 4336 4 Western Australian Producers Licence:  Picardy Pty Ltd

Manager: Daniel John Pannell

14545 Vasse Highway

Pemberton Western, Australia 6260

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Picardy Wines

Dan Pannell
PO Box 477 Pemberton Western Australia 6260
Corner of Vasse Highway and Eastbrook Road Pemberton Western Australia 6260
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