Tamar Ridge, Pinot Noir, Wine of Australia, Tasmania, Australia, 2014
This wine: lot No. L160216 (below front label), varietal pinot noir, screw cap closure, 13% abv, Wine Society, £18 (11/18)
Consumer tasting note: pale hued with unassertive tannins and decent acidity is likely to be pinot noir, this Tasmanian example ticks those boxes, with fragrant aromas of red cherry jam and red plum, a little spicy, toasty and earthy, with a touch of black liquorice; medium bodied, with black berry added to the red fruits and liquorice.
Drink now – RTD, and will hold for 1-2 years – Wait. Finishes long. No need to decant, but refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears [no sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of spicy red cherry jam, touch of ripe red plum, touch of candle wax, a developing hint of warm toast, earthy hints, a developing hint of black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe fine grained medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of ripe red cherry, red plum, fragrant ripe black berry, touch savoury, touch of black liquorice. A long length with a clean finish of red fruits edged with black berries, and a lightly savoury side. [on day after a night in the fridge unevacuated (no device fits a screwcap), on warming, there is richer black cherry note, rather than black berry].
Quality: good, well balanced fresh acidity and soft(ish) tannins with alcohol; a sound intensity and similar decent concentration; moderately complex, with evidence of time in sensitively used wood (spice, toast), and bottle (candle wax, earthy, savoury); finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will hold for 1-2 years – a sound acid-tannin structure and balance, otherwise lacking the qualities to be worth cellar ageing. Drinking well now, with a pleasing balance of primary fruit with oak derivative and bottle ageing notes, and a long finish.