Is local Pinot Noir so irresistibly sexy that everyone, critics and punters alike, can’t think straight when confronted by it? On Friday, the Reserve 2009 from Chamonix in Franschhoek, nominated but not endorsed as worthy of 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011 and a silver medal winner at the 2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.
On the nose, red cherry and strawberry, some of the musky character typical of the variety plus a slight toasty oak note that added interest rather than detracted. The palate appeared medium bodied with bright acidity and soft tannins. I reckon Chamonix makes one of the best local versions around but while this was very appealing, it was somewhat short of profound. Score: 16/20.