ROBERT OATLEY PINOT NOIR

Autumn has finally shown its true colours. It’s dark, it’s cold and the mid November gales and sideways shooting rain have become the norm. Oh and the trains not working because the wrong type of leaves fell on the tracks…

Nice…

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You should have seen me last night trying to cycle home though the storm with the wind blowing at 80mph. It was blowing so hard that I almost collided with a rubbish container and narrowly missed a lamp post. In the end I had to get off my bike and walk it home. Not ideal but probably safer that way…. not least for the street furniture! When I reached home I looked like a drowned rat that got a lightning strike to its tail. My hair stood up in wind-blown wet strands, my clothes clung to my body and all my high visibility red and white lights were still blinking on my sleeves and helmet. When I’m riding my bike at night, even at my best (that is when I’m dry and not blown by the wind) I look like a Christmas tree on wheels – now add the rest of the November special effects and you can fall over laughing. Ben, the cat ran away meowing when he saw me!

It must be my favourite time of the year…

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To cheer you up and myself in this miserable weather let’s have a glass of something nice. This week I’m sampling Pinot Noir. It’s time to start thinking about suitable wines for goose and turkey, as Christmas is only a month away and many of you will celebrate Thanksgiving next week.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Robert Oatley Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 2013 (£13.50 Oddbins)

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Robert Oatley is one of my favourite Australian producers and so far everything I have tried from this vineyard has been excellent. This Pinot is no exception. It’s light and delicate, fresh and elegant as good Pinot Noir should be but with good depth and long lasting finish. Strawberry and raspberry fruit flavours mingle with savoury elements and touch of French oak by the finish.

I think Hamish Anderson summarised it best in The Telegraph 12/4/14: “To my mind Mornington (a wine region in Australia) is making some of the world’s finest Pinot and Chardonnay outside Burgundy. This is all restraint and elegance with the fruit red (think strawberry) rather than dark.”

To the November rain!

Salute!

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