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Derwent Estate Pinot Noir

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What's not to like about Tassie pinot noir. It’s juicy, it's fruity, and the truly medium-bodied styling makes it perfect with a range of foods from cured meats to duck pancakes. This maturing offering from Derwent shows some bold baked cherries and fleshy plums on the nose, with some soft spice and earthiness joining in. The palate still shows brightness of fruit and fresh acidity, with cherry-like flavours, fine and talcy tannins, and a spicy, slightly earthy finish that hangs around. Lovely stuff that should keep for another couple of years at least!

Winemaker's Notes

Nose: Plum and black cherry fruits with earthy undertones.

Palate: Rich cherry and dark berry fruits fill the palate and carry through with some firmness. This is a wine of impressive structure thanks to assertive French oak including 20% new wood. Bright natural acidity and perfectly ripened tannins highlight the luscious fruits of this perfectly balanced wine.

Cellaring: A classic cool-climate pinot noir to enjoy or cellar.

Alcohol: 13.7%

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Derwent Estate Pinot Noir

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson-purple hue; glossy cherry fruit with some spice, and also very attractive savoury/spicy tannins. Gold and The Wine Society Trophy for PeopleÍs Choice Tasmanian Wine Show Í13.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
90
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
There s a wild strawberry edge here, some florals and good fragrant appeal too. There s a bracken and foresty character too, really complex and nicely ripe. The palate has lovely, supple strawberry, cherry and boysenberry flavours with hints of cinnamon and other hard baking spices too, great tannin shape. Layered and balanced.
Good Wine Guide 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
92
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This '09 Derwent Valley pinot looks very settled and nicely ripe, with a wealth of cherry and summer berry pudding on offer, some fine-ground spices and nicely measured oak presence - an impressive young wine. The palate's similarly poised, with bright acidity, lithe tannin structure and an even, long stream of ripe-plum and dark-cherry flavour. A seamless pinot - their best to date.
2015
The Good Wine Guide
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A darker hue and darker, riper fruits here - blue fruits and earthy nuances too. The palate has a supple and rounded shape, nice ripeness and assertive tannins that bring some chew through the back. Cassis and plum to close.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Quite deep colour; red fruits, spice and a touch of dark plum on the bouquet; the palate is quite dense, but is quite lively and fine on the finish; good tannins, and a savoury edge provides plenty of interest.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Vivid red-purple; delicious plum, black cherry, very pure and fine; balance finish, no green acid.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
On the big side of town, but convincingly so; a supple array of red and black cherry fruit; very good oak and tannin management. Gold medal Tas Wine Show '07.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Powerful, ripe and sweet plum fruit; good tannins, controlled oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
92

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