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Larry Cherubino - Ad Hoc Cruel Mistress Pinot Noir 2017


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Western Australia
  • Wine Area: Frankland River
  • Wine Maker: Larry Cherubino
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2017
Duty/Vat Paid
JR: 16 (2014) D: 91 (2013) JH: 94 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

A pale ruby/salmon hue, with a sweet clove and black cherry aromas. The sweet spice, leather and black plum all wash over the pallet well. A light Pinot, fresh juicy black fruits with the smokey, cedar overtones balancing the wine out.

Winery Information

Larry Cherubino

Named 'Winery of the Year' in James Halliday's 2011 Wine Companion, Larry Cherubino wants his wines to be distinctive and to speak clearly of their variety and vineyard site. He believes in spending time in the vineyard, in paying attention to canopy and water management, and most importantly, picking at the right time with minimal interference in the winery. From delicate whites to big reds his wines have class and finesse.

Expert Reviews (2014)16 pts

Tasted Sept 2015 - Subtle nose that nonetheless has crystal clear redcurrant and raspberry fruit. Fine chewy fuzz to the tannin. Savoury almost liquorice note to finish. (RH)

Decanter (2013)91 pts

Complex with freshly dug beetroot and forest floor nuances to its supple milk chocolate-laced black cherry and plum fruit. Long, with fine tannins and lingering, mineral acidity.

James Halliday (2015)94 pts

The back label (always brief) simply says 'Hints of lipstick and leather', which leaves much for the imagination to feed on. Inch by inch, pinot quality in the Great Southern continues to grow. This offers a lot at the price, varietal expression clear on the bouquet and palate alike, with dark cherry and a savoury/foresty crosscut of finely tuned tannins on the finish, oak in its due place.

Matthew Jukes (2012)

What the hell is a Frankland River Pinot doing in the 100 Best? I don’t care who has made it!’,I hear my reader cry. Well actually, that is the whole point. After tasting the 2011 vintage of this wine I was a tiny bit underwhelmed. My face gave me away (as usual) and before I knew it another bottle was being unwrapped from the longest piece of ubblewrap I have ever seen. Ah, Larry had sent over some secret squirrel wines! I knew what that meant. So I emptied my glass in readiness and crossed my fingers that this wasn’t going to be a waste of a sniff. Oh joy. Oh sheer unadulterated joy. The dingy fruit had been replaced with a pristine, shiny, black cherry model. The grumpy, hesitant texture was now glistening with intent and gliding across my palate. This was a revelation. It was Pinot from WA that I not only liked, but I think I loved at first sight. I just goes to show that you never know what’s going to hit you in the wine world (unless it’s made by Larry in which case you should now have a pretty good idea).

Miscellaneous (2013)

Sarah Ahmed, - "A blend of clones (777, MV6, 114, 115) and sub-regions (Porongurup/Denmark) brings attractive complexity to this mid-weight, soft, juicy, very drinkable Pinot Noir. I can understand why The Good Wine Shop told me it was such a hit. It shows fresh dug beetroot on nose and supple milk-chocolate-laced black currant, cherry and fleshier plum palate. Fine tannins and lingering, mineral acidity carry a long, stone-washed fruit finish with hints of pine needle, mushroom and forest floor. Very well done. "

Vinification Notes

Sourced from several locations in the Great Southern, the fruit was fermented using a combination of wild fermentation, whole bunch pressing and maturation in 1-3 year old French oak for six months prior to bottling.