Thursday, 14 July 2011

Derwent Estate Pinot Noir 2008

Derwent Estate Pinot
Derwent Estate Pinot Noir 2008 (Derwent Valley, Tasmania)
13.5%, Screwcap, $33
Source: Sample

There's a fabulous view from Derwent Estate, looking down upon the Derwent river from high up on the southern side of the river looking North. It's an enviably aspect and one that clearly produces fine grapes, particularly Chardonnay (with Derwent Estate said to produce a key component used in Penfolds Yattarna).

This too looks delectable and fine, if set in a very juicy style. A deep ruby red colour, the nose is all red cherry raspberry fruit in a clean, pure and generous style. The palate follows too with very pretty red fruits, light tannins and absolute freshness. It appears to be all fruit, no stalks, all bottled in a style that emphasises grapeyness over structural grip, finishing quite sherbety.

A vibrant and fresh, though not frivolous, Pinot, this is fleshy and tasty indeed, if not super seriously structured. Still enjoyable drinking. 17.8/92

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