I have for long declined to make any comments on the quality or otherwise of the Coldstream Hills wines, and I suppose I could claim that I am simply pointing to facts (and decisions made by others) when I point out that the Coldstream Hills 2009 Pinot Noir has been entered in the Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne Wine Shows (and no others so far) and has already accumulated one trophy (Royal Adelaide Wine Show Best Pinot Noir), three gold medals (Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne), and one silver medal (Brisbane). I don’t think Lindsay McCall of Paringa Estate is worrying too much, but at least he is getting some competition. How did Coldstream Hills produce a pinot in 2009? Well, none was made from Yarra Valley fruit, but Coldstream did buy grapes from Tasmania and the Mornington Peninsula, and procured some from the Seppelt Vineyard at Drumborg for this three-region blend. I fancy it will have further success before it is released some time next year.