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Wily Trout 2005 Pinot Noir release

The Canberra Wine District’s Wily Trout Vineyard is pleased to announce the release of the Wily Trout 2005 Pinot Noir this week, which coincides with the beginning of the 2008 harvest.

Wily Trout Vineyards planted the Pinot Noir in 1998 and released its first vintage four years later in 2002. The vineyard is amongst the highest in the Canberra district and with its well drained granite soils sufficiently challenges the pinot into producing a lovely Burgundian style wine.

Susan Bruce, owner of Poachers Pantry and Wily Trout Wines said, “The 2005 Pinot surpasses the quality of the previous Pinot’s produced by Wily Trout. The wines from the vineyard are showing the extraordinary potential of the Canberra District and combined with the winemaking skills of Dr Roger Harris the results speak for themselves. I am very proud of this wine and know that wine lovers will appreciate drinking it too.”

The 2004 Pinot Noir sold extremely well with sales mainly through the cellar door. James Halliday gave it a 90 point rating but there is no doubt that the 2005 vintage is a step up from the previous vintage.

The Wily Trout vineyard lies at over 720 metres above sea level and this relatively cool site is ideal for the early ripening grape varieties; Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot.

Dr Roger Harris said, “2005 was a season without extremes allowing the Pinot Noir to develop full fruit flavour. The resulting wine is a superb example of continental cool climate Pinot Noir – show-ing a gentle floral perfume and strong varietal flavours of ripe wild berries. Soft mouth filling tan-nins and a touch of cedary spicy oak fill out the wine. Superbly balanced, it is drinking well now and will improve with cellaring.”

Susan Bruce said, "There are two motives for producing this wine, we wished to make a wine that offers the delicate yet complex flavours that our customers have come to expect from Wily Trout Wines, but also wanted to make a wine that matched our smoked lamb racks and smoked duck breast. With this wine we have created their perfect companion.”

Wily Trout vineyard shares the home of Poachers Pantry and the Smokehouse Café. Together these two products combine to create a Canberra District award winning tourism experience. The busy restaurant and cellar door is building an enviable reputation and loyal following for the wines.

Poachers Pantry and Wily Trout vineyard are located near Hall, just 25 minutes from Canberra. The Smokehouse Café is open for lunch from Friday through to Sunday and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10am.

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