Tasmania has been on a bit of a roll lately. Anyone who has visited the Apple Isle will tell you that it is the business: the confluence of natural beauty, food and wine makes for a heady mix and, down this way, Pinot Noir is in its element.
Just to the north–east of Launceston, you will find yourself wrapped in the warm embrace of the Pipers Brook wine region. Dalrymple vineyards were established in 1987 and it is from here, on the windswept hills with Bass Straight glimmering in the near distance, that this particular wine hails.
Well, that’s note entirely correct. Winemaker Peter Caldwell sources a little bit of fruit from their Parish Vineyard in the Coal River Valley down near Hobart for this particular wine and, in the 2015 vintage, the ferments see around 50 per cent whole bunches, which opens the wine up and adds to its complexity.
Bright cherry red with a vibrant, perfumed nose of ripe red summer berry fruits, it is underscored with Asian spice, mushroom broth, Peking duck, green peppercorn and a waft of hoisin and sous bois.
In the mouth it is delicate and fragrant. Again cherry and blue fruits come into play with hints of Asian spice, roasted game, deftly judged French oak and Chinese master stock. Bright, high–toned with a heady perfume and a lovely savoury sway across the palate, it is a wine that is keenly priced and just perfect summer drinking.
DALRYMPLE 2015 Pinot Noir