Delamere Pinot Noir 2007 (Pipers Brook, Tasmania) $26, Screwcap. 13%
Another day, another winning wine. This one has to be the best value Pinot I’ve tasted in a while too. Sadly I don’t think the run can continue, as the load of winery samples that came in this week looks far less promising. You can often spot the dross by the brightly coloured labels and emotive heavy back labels…..
No need for such adornments here though – just good Tassie Pinot.
Dark ruby red with faintly purple edges, the nose I find quite intriguing: Quite typical, slightly volatile, sappy redcurrant pinot fruit, but with a spicy, peppercorn & musk wildness to it, adding interest in the process.
Its a little surprising then that the palate is quite closed and structured. Slightly sappy, animale edged, the palate is stongly driven by a solid core of red red fruit and high acidity, the acidity flowing succinctly through the whole palate. Firm, fine grained (an over used term, but practical) sappy tannins seal the deal. It feels big but restrained, balance the real key – I particularly like the acidity here and the clear varietal character. Applaudable.
In the end this is an attractive young Australian Pinot, with ripe fruit, real tannins, grown up acidity and a sense of poise. Its a little young and raw at present, but geez its convincing. At the cellar door price (under $26 a bottle by the six) its a buy now bargain. 18.0+