Showing posts with label Tasmania. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tasmania. Show all posts

Thursday, October 8, 2015

2001 Tamar Ridge Pinot Noit

It was a bit of a gamble trying a pinot of this age, but after the '01 St Hubert, I figured the gamble could pay off.  I was wrong. Completely shot.

Taking on aromas of stewed fruit and wild honey, the acidity is out of check and there are relatively no tannins to speak of. You win some, you lose some.

Price:      $45
Source:   Grape Therapy, Fortitude Valley
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    80
Website:  www.brownbrothers.com.au

Thursday, May 7, 2015

2014 Pressing Matters R9 Riesling

Last year when I was down helping out at Bass Phillip during vintage, winemaker Phil Jones was sayingt how good Tasmanian Riesling was getting. The year following I tried a few, but none of them really hit it for me. So, this year I asked Phil to recommend a particular wine and this is the one he recommended.

While still quite young, this is such a clean and crisp wine, showing so much potential for aging. Talk about bright, clean acidity. Some tropical fruit notes when I first opened it, fading away to more wet stone and lemon-lime aromas. Excellent palate length.

 Price:      $33
Source:   Cool Wines, Hobart
Varietal:  Riesling
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    94+++
Website:  www.pressingmatters.com.au

Monday, December 15, 2014

2011 Frogmore Creek Iced Riesling

An Australian ice wine? Being Canadian I've tried my fare share of ice wines. In the Niagara region of Canada most ice wine producers wait until there are three days in a row where the temperatures stay below -8 degrees Celsius. While it's a bit cooler in Tasmania than many other parts of Australia, they still require freezing units to produce their ice wine. I think this difference in production yields a slightly different product.

The first thing I noticed about this wine was that it was less syrupy than other ice wines I've had. Great aromas of apple blossoms and orange zest, followed by sweet but not cloying flavors of green apple and honey. Lacks some of the interesting elements I expect from an ice wine, which likely develop from the extended hang time prior to picking in Canada and Germany.

Worth noting that this is available at a fraction of the price of any good German, Austrian, or Canadian ice wines. Given the option, however, I'll take a good Aussie botrytis over any of these.

All in all, great way to end a meal. I'd pair this with a good quality, mild blue cheese.

Price:     $23
Source: Gift
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  December
Rating:   90
Website: http://www.frogmorecreek.com.au/

Friday, August 22, 2014

2012 Tolpuddle Pinot Noir

I came across Tolpuddle at the Tasmania Unbottled tasting in Brisbane and right away noticed that the table contained only two wines for tasting, a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  It turns out Tolpuddle have decided to stick with two wines and do them really well.  In this they have most definitely succeeded.

The vineyard was planted in the Coal River Valley in 1988 and was recently purchased by Shaw and Smith.  Tolpuddle takes it's name from a group of English convicts sent to Tasmania for forming an agricultural union.

The nose offers some ripe cherry aromas as while as some green herbaceous notes from the inclusion of some whole bunches.  A very silky pinot with very little tannin and mild acidity.  Has just the right amount of whole bunch included for my tastes and is already drinking quite well.

Price:     $75
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasted: August 2014
Rating:   95
Website: http://www.tolpuddlevineyard.com/


Sunday, August 17, 2014

2014 Pirie South Riesling

Pirie South Riesling 2013A friend of mine has been talking a lot about Tasmanian Riesling lately and I'm starting to see why.  This Riesling from Andrew Pirie in the Tamar Valley is absolutely delicious.

I gave this a swirl and right away was impressed with the flowery nose.  Almost reminded me a bit of a Sauvignon Blanc, but without any trace of passionfruit or gooseberry.  There was a great minerality to this wine with nice steely acidity that gave it great balance.  I plan on grabbing half a case of these for my new wine fridge and watching them develop over the next few years.

Price:     $25
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted: August 2014
Rating:   93
Website: http://www.brownbrothers.com.au/wines/pirie