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New Releases

 

2018 Picardy Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

2017 Picardy Chardonnay

2017 Picardy Pinot Noir

2015 Picardy Tête De Cuvée

2016 Picardy Shiraz

2016 Picardy Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

2013 Picardy Merlimont

85% Sauvignon Blanc 15% Semillon

So.  If we thought the 2017 was fresh and tight and hitting the spot - I’ve got some news.  The 2018 is taking it to a new level.  We’re talking fresh pineapple on the nose, green apple, jasmine, hints of white nectarine, lemon and white pepper.  The palate has stingingly bright acidity.  Crunchy and refreshing, it serves as a perfect foil to the ripe and concentrated fruit.  It doesn’t have the mineral restraint of the 2017, but it has a piercing presence about it.  There is a desperately satisfying suggestion of berry through the finish, perhaps blackcurrant even.  It is juicy and vibrant, and leaves a sense of juniper, aniseed and even star anise in its wake.  Thanks to the judicious use of sand lime in the vineyard, the thicker skinned berries provide an intriguing phenolic grip which sets this wine apart, making it a very serious proposition indeed.   Erin Larkin

Tasting notes

2018 Picardy Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Tasting notes

2017 Picardy Chardonnay

 

 

Salted yellow peach, red apple skin, rockmelon, frangipani, almond meal, hints of saffron, and a suggestion of bergamot.  The palate has a powdery finesse about it, the palate plush and succulent.  There is curry leaf, nashi pear, Greek yogurt, white pepper, stone fruit, a swoosh of fresh sea spray and a lingering impression of crushed slate minerality.  Holy mackerel, I could write about this all day.  Safe to say, this is a cracking rendition of the Picardy chardonnay house style, and although it is difficult (oftentimes foolish) to call it early, this might be my favourite chardonnay release yet.  

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

2015 Picardy Tête De Cuvée  - Pinot Noir

Typically slightly darker in colour than the estate, and always slower to open up after pulling the cork.  This is all blood plum and black spice, where the estate is rollicking summer berry fruit.  The palate here introduces you to a dark and brooding pinot - characters of resin and tar underpin the sweet cherry fruit.  This has true floral perfume and incredible length of flavour, with no shortage of crushed black pepper, balsamic poached plums, star anise, black liquorice and salted grilled red apple.  The texture on the palate becomes more silky the longer it spends in the glass; it swells, and coats the mouth in moreish, succulent pinot flavours.  Certainly, more rich and ‘adult’ than the estate, this requires more time and less noise to come into its own space… once there…  this sophisticated and elegant wine reminds us what the best from the west tastes like.  Bloody good. 

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

 

49% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 

19% Cabernet Franc

This year, perhaps more than most, the merlot characters take centre stage of the bouquet.  Cocoa, mulberry, black pepper, grilled vanilla pod and blackcurrant.  Silky texture and a gorgeous back palate.  As quietly thrilling as it usually is.  Lovely finesse and complexity, texture is velvety and compact - it effortlessly glides across the palate.  No hard edges to speak of.  A beautiful wine that is a display of the beautiful vintage from whence it came. 

Erin Larkin

Tasting notes

2013 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
Telephone:  08 9776 0036

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