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PINOT Magic ON THE PENIN­SULA 2012 Mon­talto Main Rid ge Vine­yard ( $ 65)

Pick­ing dates on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula can vary dra­mat­i­cally in a sea­son be­cause of the many sub­dis­tricts that form the re­gion. Mon­talto’s fruit from Main Ridge high­lights pinot’s clas­sic stylings: ripe cherry and red fruits with a back­ground of for­est floor. Score : 93/100. Avail­able at the Wine Em­po­rium, Gas­works

2012 Ocean Eight ( $ 50 ) The Ocean Eight vine­yard at Shore­ham is in the hands of wine­maker Mike Ayl­ward, a tal­ented crafter of both pinot noir and chardon­nay. His del­i­cate house style is one of fruit and site pu­rity with no dis­trac­tions from overzeal­ous oak or ex­ces­sive ex­trac­tion. Savoury first and fore­most, this has high notes of ripe fruit and spice. 94 / Cru Bar & Cel­lar, For ti­tude Val­ley

2012 Scorpo ( $ 50 ) Paul Scorpo’s home vine­yard lies in Mer­ricks North. Although del­i­cate, this wine has a lot of author­ity on palate, and its width, weight and por­trayal of tan­nins au­gur well for cel­lar­ing. Sup­ple, dark sweet fruit sits along­side herb and olive nu­ances. It’s a pinot to suit game meats such as veni­son. 94 / Craf t Wine Store, Red Hill

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