I got a chance to sample Tuck’s Ridge Buckle Vineyard 2007 Pinot Noir. James Halliday ranked this vintage of TR – a Mornington Peninsula vineyard – as Australia’s best in 2010. Acting promptly, I managed to secure a half-dozen. An intense bouquet and a very full-flavoured pinot with great intensity and a mouth-filling persistence of flavour. It has fine tannins and lots of the velvet glove. A big pinot with complexity and punch. I drank it accompanied with some Jindi Camembert which was a good mix. A dozen Sydney rock oysters would be a weird combination but that’s what I felt like eating after inwardly digesting the bouquet. My guess is that the wine will be even better in 5-6 years. Halliday saw its drinking potential as 2020 which might be modest. It was $80/bottle but is probably difficult (or impossible) to get now. A vineyard worth following and I will.
I haven’t tried their chardonnay but Halliday also ranked the 2007 as among the best in the land. TR are chasing and achieving high standards – they export to many centres.