Recently, I tasted a number of quite diverse Pinot Noirs. I tried to work out how to compare them. Sometimes, a graph can say as much as 1000 words. In this case, I plotted price vs. assessed quality on the following chart.
1 Kooyong Massale 2016
2 Home Hill Estate 2015
3 Bass Phillip Estate 2014
4 Kooyong Meres 2014
5 Valli Gibbston 2014
6 Bruno Colin Bourgogne 2014
7 Benjamin Leroux Savigny-les-Beaune 2014
8 Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Petit Monts 2013
9 Domaine de la Vougeraie Corton Grand Cru 2014
10 Williams Selyem Central Coast 2010
What is immediately obvious is that the 1er Cru and Grand Cru Burgundies are a multiple in prices of the Australian wines, yet in quality, there is not much difference. The Mongeard-Mugneret was the best wine of the night, but the Grand Cru disappointed, relatively. So, buyer beware! The California wine was also twice in price of the Australian wines, without added quality rating.
Of the Australian Pinot Noirs, Kooyong did very well. The Massale was the value for money wine, and the Meres was the second best wine of the night. It is 100% whole bunch, and has feminine qualities, with strawberry fruit and a very silky finish.