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Tasting notes
2021 Picardy Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

85% Sauvignon Blanc 15% Semillon

As usual, super aromatic, and laden with spring snow peas, jasmine flowers, and hints of cassis. On the palate there is white currant, green apple and structurally fine, chalky phenolics. Much like the 2021 growing season, there is a lot going on here; it is restrained, and balanced, crushed shell and brine run alongside granny smith apple and citrus pith, it has got length and texture… This is fast becoming one of my favourite wines in the release for its freshness and complexity, all achieved via fruit and hand alone – there is no oak used in this wine. This has concentrated flavour, but it never strays on to the tropical spectrum – it remains taut, citrussy and elegant.

Erin Larkin

Tasting notes
2020 Picardy Chardonnay

Hand picked, 40% whole bunch pressed, a selection of Dijon clones (76, 95, 96 and 277), matured in French oak (25% new) for 10 months. If you ask Bill about chardonnay clones, his response is steeped in decades of experience and knowledge. The Pannells spent many years in Burgundy as part owners of Domaine de la Pousse d’Or, and through their time there, forged enduring friendships with producers and commentators. Bill’s perspective on chardonnay clones was strongly influenced by the famous Burgundian Chardonnay maker Vincent Leflaive, and that is that no one clone will produce the best, most complex chardonnay, rather a reliance on the correct selection will produce a wine of greater complexity and balance. Bill brought these clones into Western Australia in the 1990’s, and they are now milling around the 20 year old mark. What we have in the glass, from a ripe and powerful vintage such as 2020, is a taut, voluminous and spicy wine. There is the curry leaf and brine that I look for from the ferment, there is pink grapefruit, white peach and lemon pith from the clones, and the volume of flavour and intensity, which springs from the vintage in which the grapes were grown. A marvellous wine, which year on year is better than the last. Can’t wait to drink this over the coming days (if it makes it that far) and watch how it evolves. A beautiful wine of supreme elegance and poise.

Erin Larkin

Tasting notes
2019 Picardy Pinot Noir
(SOLD OUT)

 

In a line-up of 25 other Western Australian pinot noirs, this is the shiniest on the table. Seems an odd thing to observe, but it is luminescent – it shines with its own energy. On the nose it has black cherry, strawberry and tapenade. The herbs run to the bay leaf, sage end of the spectrum, while the acidity provides a burst of life and energy on the palate. The palate follows as the nose has dictated; this is a delicate, fine boned and nuanced pinot with bucket loads of fruit concentration and spice.

As always, with the Picardy house style, this is structural and shapely, defined by chalky tannins. In terms of ‘comparison’ to the previous, great vintage 2018, this is cut from the same cloth. Perhaps a touch finer, but lacking in no department, and as long as ever. Another triumphant Pinot Noir from Picardy. 

Erin Larkin

Tasting notes
2018 Picardy Tête De Cuvée  - Pinot Noir
(SOLD OUT)

Much has been said about this vintage release, and quite rightly so. This wine is a new hightide mark for a winery that has been expanding its reign over the variety in Western Australia for many years. This 2018 vintage is testament to the exploration of clones in the vineyard and a long-held obsession for red Burgundy. Red cherry, strawberry, black olive, crushed coffee grounds and red apple skins are the first scratch of the surface here; the palate confirms all of these aromas and breathes into them real life. As is usual for this wine, it really starts to come into its own with air and beathing; the flavours spreading over the back palate like a picnic rug over grass. Having looked at this wine many times over the past 12 months, it has entered a very quiet phase which it will likely have emerged from in time for release, further confirming the decision to hold it back an additional year. This is, without doubt, the greatest pinot noir released by Picardy to date, and with the expectation that 2019, and 2020 will yield wines of equal quality (albeit different attributes), we have officially entered a great period in the history of the house. En guarde.

Erin Larkin

Tasting notes
2018 Picardy Shiraz

The brilliant 2018 pinot has paved a way through our hearts for all the other wines that sprung from the same year. In fact, the writing was on the wall early, with the release of the great white 2018’s; if we didn’t know then (and I believe we did…) then we should have done. This 2018 shiraz is lusciously ripe, redolent with red fruits and berries, sprinkled with fine, salty acidity. As the wine leisurely unfolds across the palate, the tannins become the next character of note, displaying themselves as a fine web of texture which creates a trampoline upon which the fruit can bounce. Perhaps for the first time (to my palate at least) there is a seam of savoury texture and spice that runs through the heart of this wine and curls its way through the finish. This is where the balance and beauty really begin; as is necessary in life there is yin and yang here – light to dark, sweet to savoury… all things come together. 2018 strikes again.

Erin Larkin

 

Tasting notes
2017 Picardy Merlimont -
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

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

Juicy red berries and mid-weight, plump fruit define the introduction to this wine.
Sweet cocoa, raspberry, dark chocolate, sea salt, pomegranate and field strawberries are the notes, played in harmony and sync with the exotic market spice (star anise, aniseed and pink peppercorn). While this is succulent, it has a restrained leanness that balances out the fruit; the acidity is couched just behind the teeth and adds a subtle lift and chew to proceedings. This is a wonderful wine, all the more so through the lens of this glorious vintage. Ripe, balanced, supple and harmonious, and sure to offer a comfortable future ahead should that be the path that you choose.

Erin Larkin

Tasting notes

2018 Picardy Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc