The Makers’ Project is a new initiative celebrating “expertise and innovation” in wine. Like the Shiraz Grenache, the winemaker’s job here is to create a “smooth finish.” Not an especially easy job given this is a $15 Pinot Noir and the grape can be notoriously herbal and lean. You can imagine that fruit sourcing would have been an important consideration, but there is no accompanying information. And like the Shiraz Grenache, a “smooth finish” was going to be achieved by pressing the grape skins early before fermentation had ended.
The winemaker has looked to the fruit for guidance. Bright colour heralds juicy cherry, raspberry fresh aromas. They are joined by baking spices and a light herbal influence on what is a simple and cheery flavour profile. It’s one smooth ride throughout. While not particularly complex or revealing any great depth, it does present as an approachable, easy drinking pinot with no sharp angles or hardness.