Whenever I see the name Ray Monde (the vineyard) I always want to push the names together to make a plain old ‘Raymond’ to match up with ‘Doug’s’ in the Joshua Cooper naming stakes. This cuvee always sounds like the posher one you need to fake in a French accent. Which fits, of course. The vineyard is sustainably, regeneratively farmed and by all conversations a remarkable place and site.
Such charm and ease here. In the parlance of spin bowling, flight and guile. Lofty, fragrant perfume of rose petals, old spice cupboard, kirsch and warm pebbles. The palate is ethereal, feels kind of transparent but the haul of fine, lacy tannins and lingering cherry juice and brown spice flavours layer in perfectly, long and with assertion. It’s a wine for contemplating and taking slow, has the sense of high pedigree that sits you back a bit from wolfing it down. Texture, beauty, joy, all wrapped up in a red liquid. A compelling release – one of Australia’s best pinot noirs. - The Wine Front