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The Thurs­day Biff

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

IT HAS long been the wine cultist go- to va­ri­ety, and in the past year or so pinot noir has gath­ered more main­stream and new- gen­er­a­tion pop­u­lar­ity. But don’t panic about spend­ing a few ex­tra dol­lars – that’s all part of the trend. OAKRIDGE OVER THE SHOUL­DER 2013 / Pinot Noir Re­gion: Yarra Val­ley, Vic Value: Ex­cel­lent Best with: Duck & veal sausages on po­lenta $ 22 While pinot noir might be the holy grail for many wine mak­ers, find­ing half- de­cent wine at this price is the chal­lenge for ev­ery­day con­sumers. Head this way for a multi- vine­yard se­lec­tion across the whole val­ley, show­ing a nice lit­tle charry edge and a faint eu­ca­lypt lift with fresh and crunchy cherry juice to sip, made a lit­tle more solid with just enough tan­nin struc­ture to en­cour­age the next pour. PIKE & JOYCE 2013 / Pinot Noir Re­gion: Ade­laide Hills, SA Value: Worth the ex­tra Best with: Char- grilled flank steak $ 35 One of two of­fers from this high coun­try Hills la­bel, this all Lenswood fruit is built with a deal more con­cen­tra­tion than its en­try point, wider sourced sib­ling, the Rapide ($ 22). The fruit is verg­ing on blacker crim­son cherry with fas­ci­nat­ing darker spices in play, which of­fer a more pro­found com­plex­ity that can be ap­pre­ci­ated cour­tesy of clever bal­anc­ing and well- toned tan­nins.

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