Finding your way into top houses in France, California and Germany for a search of quality Pinot Noir should be easier then a walk in the park. In fact, the Burgundians are famous for their Pinot Noirs with top houses like Domaine de la Romanee Conti and Armand Rousseau costing over $28,000 euros per bottle during the auction in Sotheby’s London in 1996. Labelled as the benchmark to Pinots. The Californians and Germans have been fast in catching up with the French in terms of quality and prices.
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Blauer Spätburgunder or Blauburgunder, as what the Austrians normally relate to Pinot Noir is grown on almost all the red-wine growing regions in Austria, though they seldom market the varietal despite being a cool climate, which is perfect for the Pinot Noir varietal. In fact, a quick check with many wine consumers in Singapore, many were quick to say that they’ve never heard of an Austrian Pinot Noir.
Today’s topic would be specifically dedicated to the Pinot Noir of Malat Winery, a family-run winery with over 9 generations of winemaking and the most recent addition Michael Malat an avid sportsman and son of Gerald Malat who joined the family business in 2008 . Prior to this, Michael worked at many important wineries in France, New Zealand, California and Argentina.
A flights of 8 vintages were presented to us starting from the younger 2010 to the older, 2003 vintage of the Pinot Noir Reserve.
2010 Pinot Noir Reserve
Hints of fresh herbs, toasted pine nuts and smoked animal. The palate reminds me of a young Pinot from Cote de Beaune, young and fresh acidity with slight tannic finish. I reckon it’s good to keep for another 8-12 years for optimal experience
2009 Pinot Noir Reserve
A little tight on the nose compared to the 2010 vintage, a swirl in the glass and a little more aeration would present a more earthy notes with light cherries and a slight hint of BBQ sauce. Well-rounded with silky tannins and a mid-long finish. One of the favourites for the day.
2008 Pinot Noir Reserve
Fresh on the nose with earthy, mushrooms notes. Hints of smokiness and vanilla was also present. On the palate was a lively and fresh acidity accompanied with a well structured tannin that holds the wine well. Recommends keeping for another 10 years.
2007 Pinot Noir Reserve
Getting a little more greenish notes, probably due to a hot year, resulting in early harvesting. The fruit structure was a little less approachable, but hints of floral, herbs and earthiness were still apparent. On the palate, a little juicy, but still with a balanced acidity and tannins structure.
2006 Pinot Noir Reserve
Floral and herbaceous on the nose with earthy and smoked mushrooms aromas. A little higher in acidity and tannin, but very well balanced. Recommends to age for another 8-10 years.
2005 Pinot Noir Reserve
A little tight on the nose, but after a good swirl in the glass, I’m getting notes of vanilla, dried leaves and hints of tobacco. A slight disappointment on the palate with the acidity that is a tad lower as compared to the tannins, nonetheless, definitely good for rich meats!
2004 Pinot Noir Reserve
Hints of Chinese medicinal herbs with a bitter nose, complexity of the wine in interesting and a little hard to describe. I was really going through my wine journey in my brain, trying hard to get a perfect word for the first impression. As expected, the palate didn’t fail me with a well-rounded balance of acidity and tannins that went well together. Med- long finish
2003 Pinot Noir Reserve
One of the hottest summer in Austria, I’m getting a little more greenish notes and ripe fruits. On the palate, it was still fresh and a good balance of acidity and tannins.