2013 Josef Chromy Pinot Noir Tasmania

SKU #1275037 96 points James Suckling

 The quality on offer here is striking, marrying the best of attractive ripe red and dark fruit characters with earthy spice and more savoury complexity, some blue fruits too, really engaging. The palate is wrapped together with fine even tannin and holds a wealth of perfectly ripe sweet cherry and mulberry flavoured fruit flesh. Fine texture, long and precise, it frames the finish up beautifully, leaving a gently toasty, precise and juicy impression.

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Josef Chromy's story is a remarkable one. In short, he fled the Soviet occupied Czech Republic at the age of 19 after years of persecution. Eventually arriving in Australia, he has become one of the most enduring and respected characters of the wine industry. Recognizing Tasmania's untapped potential, Josef established many of region's leading wine estates and helped put Tasmanian wines on the world map. He built his namesake winery "Josef Chromy" in 2007 at the age of 76! The winery is cutting edge with an absolute focus on preserving the delicacy and purity of Tasmanian fruit. In the past five years alone Josef Chromy wines have been awarded 15 trophies and 260 medals from some of the world's most prestigious wine shows. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ wine buyer)

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/17/2016 | Send Email
This is simply delicious, well-made Pinot from Tasmania. It is rich and balanced while being light-weight and not too dark fruited or over-extracted. A great wine, from a producer with rich history, at a great price. Enjoy!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2016 | Send Email
Next level Pinot here, showing Tasmania's potential to produce world-class examples of this fickle varietal. The wine has explosive aromatics of spicy, exotic dark fruit, sandalwood, macerated ripe berries, raspberry liqueur. Then come more savory tones of bramble, undergrowth, sweet sage and stony minerals. The palate is just as expressive as the nose, bursting with ripe fruit, spice and briary tones. Super plush and velvety on the palate, with freshness and energy driving the wine across the taste buds. A magical combination of ripeness and fruit purity with lovely savory varietal aspects and a mellifluous texture to die for. This is an out-n-out crowd-pleaser almost certain to excite lovers of this seductive grape.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2022

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2016 | Send Email
Wow! I have not had many Tasmanian Pinot Noirs but after this wine is sold out I will more actively seek them out. Cool, high toned fruit, savory herbs, subtle spice, fine polished tannins, great acidity without being tart and a long, long finish.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Alcohol Content (%): 14