PLAN B ‘Modern Red’ Pinot Noir Shiraz, Frankland River
Plan B’s winemaker is Bill Crappsley, who has racked up more than 50 vintages in a career spanning almost 50 years. He has made wines all over Australia, and some of them have won major trophies. This wine’s make-up is Frankland River Shiraz 67% and Pinot Noir 33% from 20 year old vines, hand harvested, co-fermented and crushed into open top concrete fermenters and left on skins for eight days, then barrel-matured in French oak barriques (25% new) for seven months – 25% new, 75% seasoned oak. Bottled unfined This unusual but clever blend delivers pretty, floral, red cherry and strawberry aromatics with the raspberry and spice of cool climate Shiraz adding punch to the palate. As Plan B says: ‘These challenging times call for a Modern Red with old fashioned values. The seductive Pinot Noir sharing bottle space with the hot headed Shiraz; making wine great again.’
"63% shiraz, 37% pinot noir, co-fermented, matured in French oak (30% new) for 9 months. These blends (shiraz/pinot or pinot/shiraz) are coming at us from all over the place after Sarah Crowe (Yarra Yering) opened Pandora's box with the '15 vintage. What is needed is each portion to be able to stand on its own two feet, and the Yarra Valley is one such place, others (such as this) are crowd pleasers, but no more."
90 points, Wine Companion (January 2018)
"Bright, medium to deep red/purple colour with a spicy, peppery, red fruit aroma; very aromatic, with a hint of mint. The palate is medium-bodied and smoothly-textured, with spice, pepper and earthy attributes, savoury and deep with powdery tannins in abundance. Very attractive wine, notwithstanding some alcohol heat. I would enjoy drinking this. (63% shiraz, 37% pinot noir)"
91 points, Wine Companion (March 2018)