Review: 2021 Wine Companion

The 2021 James Halliday Wine Companion has been published.

Venus Rising Pinot Noir - 96 Points

From the Coal River Valley, equal portions of clones 777, D2V6 and 115, wild-fermented with 20% whole bunches, matured for 10 months in oak (22% new). Attractive wine, which opens quietly, then rapid and major development of plum/dark cherry fruit on the long palate.

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Charlotte's Elusion Riesling - 92 Points

From the family vineyard in the Derwent Valley, picked 6 and 12 Apr, 50% of the final volume given 6 hours skin contact before pressing and 20% was wild-fermented, the balance with a neutral yeast. It's not clear to me what the aim was.

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