Price:  £13.95 | Case Rate: £13.25
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Fowles Wine - Are You Game? Pinot Noir 2017


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Victoria
  • Wine Maker: Victor Nash and Lindsay Brown
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 93% Pinot Noir, 7% Zinfandel
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Food Matching

Food Matching

Wild rabbit and mushroom ragout on toasted brioche

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 86 (2012) WS: 88 (2012) WE: 84 (2012) JH: 87 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

With a dash of Zinfandel, this Pinot Noir blushes bright ruby red. Aromas of cherry and red plum play with earthy characters and notesof oak. The palate is fresh with rich red fruits

Winery Information

Fowles Wine

Fowles Wine is family owned and the first Victorian winery to win the VISY Great Australian Shiraz Challenge trophy for Australia?s Best Shiraz in 2010. Whilst winning many of the best 'traditional' awards in the Australian wine scene and being named a "Winery to Watch" by Wine Spectator, the VISY award was significant because it was judged by legendary winemaker Stephen Henschke. More recently the star offer featured today ? the Are You Game Shiraz from the outstanding 2012 vintage was named.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)86 pts

Aug 2013 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2012 Are You Game? Pinot Noir offers a good intensity of spicy mulberry, warm cherries and pepper aromas with a slight herbal lift. Light to medium-bodied and quite tart in the mouth, it has an adequate amount of red berry and pepper flavors with the slightest chew of tannins and a medium to long finish. Drink it now to 2016.

Wine Spectator (2012)88 pts

Aug 31, 2014 - Light and easy, letting pretty plum and berry flavors bloom on a slim, transparent frame. Lingers pleasantly. Drink now through 2015. 1,500 cases made. ?HS

Wine Enthusiast (2012)84 pts

There's 10% Zinfandel blended into this wine, but looking at my notes, I never would've thought so. The pale color is all Pinot Noir, as are the aromas of earth and tomato (the vanilla comes from the French oak barrels). It's light and crisp, with a tart finish. J.C. (2/1/2016)

James Halliday (2012)87 pts

Shares much in common with the 490 metres Pinot Noir, with slightly more weight and texture; counterintuitively, the varietal expression is not enhanced, and the higher price may take you back to the 490 metres version.

Miscellaneous (2012) - "An interesting blend with 5% zinfandel (primitivo) to add some spice. On the nose it is rich cherry, cinnamon and that pinot mushroom comes to the fore. Again, it is stylishly made with bright fruit on the finish. As advertised, a wine that will go well with game."

Vinification Notes

This wine was fermented in high tech sweep-arm fermenters to maximise flavour and colour. We fermented this wine between 25 ̊ to 28 ̊ Celsius and in stainless steel tanks to preserve primary fruit flavours. We chose to use a yeast strain called AWRI-796 because it is renowned for helping develop Pinot Noirs with consistently good structure, ripe berry, bright fruit and spicy characteristics. The majority of this wine was matured using new French Oak, with a small component aged in old French Oak. This Pinot Noir has been blended with a small component (10 per cent) of Zinfandel that provides lovely delicate plum notes in this wine