I’ve never met a Tassie pinot I haven’t loved. Tasmania was the focus of conversation las night, and it reminded me how much love I have for Tassie wines, but more specifically – Tassie pinot. Pristine like the breeze off the Derwent, uncomplicated like the people and full of pleasure like the countryside and scenery.
Typically, Tasmanian Pinot is not the cheapest pinot in Australia, however in my books, it has the most reliable flavour profile – an unmistakeable ‘Tassie’ character. The following two wines from the great 2015 vintage are absolute standouts, for different reasons.
2015 Devil’s Corner Pinot Noir, Tamar Valley
“Hard to go past this for value for money. Bright summer strawberries, silky mouthfeel and enough spice on the backend to maintain interest all the way to the end of the bottle. Packed with raspberry, pomegranate, red currant, ripe December cherries and hints of blood plum. This is a juicy, drink now style pinot: reliable, delicious and incredible value for money. Typically retails for around $20 and 92 points.”
2015 Dalrymple Pinot Noir, Pipers Brook
“If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting winemaker Pete Caldwell, you’ll know what I mean when I say, ‘Dalrymple is a bloody happy experience’. Pete has an almost permanent smile (perhaps due to his great job – who knows) on his open face, and is one of the most approachable, intelligent and humorous winemakers in the industry. This wine is created from a blend of three different vineyard regions: the Dalrymple own vineyard in Pipers Brook, Coal River Valley and one parcel from a grower in the Upper Derwent Valley. This approach allows for each of these site terroirs to contribute complexity and nuance to the final blend. The wine is redolent with ripe black cherry, blood plum, fresh raspberry, crushed black pepper, hints of clove and aniseed, and suggestions of Christmas spice… cinnamon perhaps. Like all the Dalrymple pinots, this is a step up in complexity, body, structure and will comfortably cellar, if an aged pinot is more your jam. 95 points, and around $40. Well worth it.”