2013 Dalrymple Pinot Noir Pipers River Tasmania
Full colour; a spicy/savoury bouquet points the way for the textured savoury palate, with more foresty/stemmy notes than Cottage Block, but not to the exclusion of fruit.
A very bright and fragrant nose with abundant strawberry and wild cherry fruits, lovely brambly foresty notes here too. The palate is supple and bright, acidity streaks through fleshy raspberry and strawberry fruit flavour and flesh, great balance, very approachable. Tannins fan out through the finish in style.
Wine & Spirits
Planted on basalt soils at the edge of the crater of an extinct volcano, Dalrymple’s vineyards cover 30 acres near the northeast coast of Tasmania. This Pinot Noir pulls no punches, a big bruiser of a wine that stands right in front of you with a powerful presence. It’s immediately bold, saturated with red depths of fruit, with a beehive of spice that grips the back of the mouth, buzzing with alcohol and with cool savor. Give it time in a decanter and the wine’s stature grows more confident and sophisticated, the structure tightens, and the tannins take on the earthen undertone of great Pinot Noir.
*Editors' Choice* This may be a touch more elegant than the 2012, but otherwise, it's remarkably consistent. It's medium bodied, with supple tannins framing cherry fruit underlain by hints of beetroot and ground spices—clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Drink now–2024. (JC)
Supple, expressive and appealing, with blueberry, currant and dusky spice flavors coming together smoothly against velvety tannins. The finish sails on nicely. Drink now through 2020. (HS)
Pale red. Spicy and focused on the nose, displaying fresh red berry, cherry and rhubarb aromas and a zesty white pepper topnote. Taut and sharply focused, with bitter cherry and redcurrant flavors fleshing out and gaining sweetness with air. Closes tangy and long, with repeating red fruit and spice notes and silky shaping tannins. (JR)