The vineyards of Western Australia are perhaps best known for their Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends, but despite the lack of a technically “cool” climate, they can produce a reasonable Pinot Noir as well. While it might not be graced by the more voluptuous fruit of regions like Central Otago, the winemaking team at Capel Vale have done well with their Debut 2014 Pinot Noir which hits the shelves at only around $18 a bottle.
Hailing from their Pemberton vineyards, the Debut is a lively style which focuses on fruit and flavour more so than grace and charm. The strawberry and stewed plum characters dominate from the first sip whilst hints of maraschino cherry and black forest cake creep in towards the back palate.
The relatively high (14%) alcohol leaves it a little hot on the finish but there’s enough acid to prevent overt flabbiness developing.
At the price point, it’s obviously good value and with a residual sweetness, it’s well suited to dishes like Sichuan Quail or Peking Duck. Worth a try!