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2020 Picardy Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

85% Sauvignon Blanc 15% Semillon

2020 was a powerful year, as evidenced by the punch and intensity of the aromas on the nose.  This is tropical yet tight: pink citrus, green pineapple, a sprinkling of exotic spice and a saline perimeter, which I am pretty sure will lead to a very tight acid line.  Yes.  Plump and plush fruit, but this has steely mineral structure, and fine cooling acid through the finish.  I say this every year, because I love this wine, but does the 2020 vintage suit this blend better than previous years?  Perhaps.  This is refreshing, ever-so-slightly floral, succulent and long.  Big fan.

Erin Larkin

Tasting notes

2019 Picardy Chardonnay

Maybe I’m a slow learner… perhaps I am.  Because I feel like I am finally catching on.  The Burgundian clones that provide the fruit for this wine are the birthers of something quite unique.  This is fine, layered and spicy, at the same time as being rich, complex and full.  It doesn’t have the fat opulence of the Gin Gin clone – it is marked by a tighter, more controlled acid-line and fruit flavours that stray into the realm of preserved citrus.  The nose is redolent with salty/briny curry leaf, which overlays yellow peach and yellow stone fruit.  The palate is rich and complex, multilayered and long.  Restrained classy, and a magnificent (and I mean magnificent) match to pan-fried Snapper with dukkah, curry leaf and cauliflower hummus.  I recently enjoyed a bottle of the 2011 chardonnay, which I can attest was rich, bright and full, a different beast to this, like it had moved through some magical doorway of time.  Highly recommended to put this away, or at the very least forget about it for five or so years.

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
(TO BE RELEASED IN AUGUST 2021)

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 Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc

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

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
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