The Shadow Pinot Noir is one of four new wines created by Constellation Brands in collaboration with a grower-owned collective in South Australia.
Dubbed ‘The Group’, the initiative was allegedly conceived “to support the livelihood of the growers, and to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise to ensure their vineyards thrive and grow”.
But the cynic in me suspects this cuddly brand positioning had other objectives for Constellation, a Fortune 500 company with a market cap of $64 billion whose ownership of the brand has not been declared in press releases or packaging.
That said, the wines are very solid, especially at current promotional pricing of $25 in Liquorland.
The Shadow is a lighter style pinot offering lifted perfumey aromatics that are quite musky and enticing.
The palate has that ‘sweet and sour’ pinosity with a long, spicy, textured finish evidencing some whole bunch treatment.
A tasty everyday quaffing pinot.