Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Delamere Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009

Delamere Pinot Noir
Everything you'd want
in a Tassie Pinot
Delamere Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009 (Tasmania)
13%, Screwcap, $40
Source: Wine list

Here's the sort of wine that is worth more noise. Whilst only 75% of this is sourced from the original close planted, dry grown Delamere Vineyard (the rest from 'Tasmania'), there's no mistaking the class of the majority component (have a read about the Delamere vineyard here).

What it gives is an almost mythical combination of lusciousness and structure, a 'pass me another glass' generosity, coupled to enough proper fruit tannins to see it evolve into something even sexier with time. It's a real Pinot, a wine of density that belies it's pricepoint to look more than a little bit Vosne-y (in the best possible way).

At this stage it's still an overtly youthful beast though, with a swish of vanillan oak to match up with that juicy, plump and opulently red fruit and cloves fruit nose, all set back against some stemmy, wild edges. It's red fruited and pretty, yet there's a serious, no bullshit, take-me-to-Burgundy concentration that keeps you coming back. The palate is long, raspberry and rhubarb fruit riddled with a consistency through the finish to suggest plenty more magic yet.

A lovely wine then and everything you'd want in a Tassie Pinot. It needs only a little more time to propel it into stardom. 18.3/93+


  1. I was going to get this for BYO Wednesday seeing as we're doing a Tasmania theme. I kind of wish I had now!

  2. 2007 vintage was also a good one for these guys - think I have 1 left.


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