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Take it to the Grave is a joint venture between Nicholas Crampton and South Australian wine grower Jim Zerella created to deliver interesting and rewarding wines whilst challenging a few established rules and preconceptions. The Take it to the Grave Pinot Noir takes on one of the wine world’s most entrenched rules – that it is impossible to make high quality, varietally expressive but affordable Pinot Noir.

Sourced from a combination of dry-grown inland and cooler climate central South Australian vineyards (providing depth of flavour and supple drinkability) with a portion from the Adelaide Hills (giving structure and high note aromatics). Primarily machine picked before vinification in a combination of small and large open fermenters. The majority of the blend is matured in stainless steel with a component aged in new and one year old French oak.

The front label says SA but it’s 100 per cent Adelaide Hills; an interesting marketing ploy. The wine over-delivers itself handsomely on the price, almost to ‘how do they do it’ territory. It tastes of boysenberry, black cherry, orange oil and anise, the mix of sweetness, tang and spiciness quite exquisitely well done. You pretty much can’t go wrong here. Drink to: 2020; Price: $18.00; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 92 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

Either way it’s great value. Put this on your shopping list. Simultaneously sweet and savoury with red/black cherry, anise and boysenberry providing plenty of juicy flavour. That’s the thing: it serves fruit sweetness but then tempers it beautifully. Spice notes add to the show. Fantastic value in a pinot noir context. Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2017-2020; Rated: 90 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

Youthful, bright and fragrant, it is fruit expressive on the nose showing blueberry, raspberry, nutmeg and rosemary aromas, leading to a juicy palate that is fruity and smooth. The wine is up front and vibrant, and offers appealing fruit flavours with a delicately drying finish. Drink to: 2019; Rating: ★★★★; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit

Smelling of red cherries and raspberry jam, along with sappy and earthy touches, this reasonably priced pinot has good varietal identity. It has a juicy, gluggable middle and a slightly firm finish. With Chicken and bean enchiladas. Closure: Screwcap; Alcohol: 13%; Ralph Kyte Powell; SMH

 

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