2013 Josef Chromy Pinot Noir Tasmania
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.
Has a darker berry spectrum of aromas and flavours than its junior brother PEPIK; black cherry, blueberry and plum provide the bouquet and flesh on the palate; still retains elegance, and some evident Tasmanian acidity.
Some whole-bunch fermentation is reflected in a vegetal hint on the nose, but otherwise this is a fruit-driven youngster, bursting with lively red berries. Hints of toasted coconut, vanilla and mocha from French oak add complexity to this medium-bodied, supple wine. The tannins firm up on the finish, suggesting mid-term cellaring; drink 2017-2023. (JC)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale ruby with a hint of purple, the 2013 Pinot Noir is scented of cranberry jelly, Bing cherries and red roses with a touch of cinnamon stick. Light to medium-bodied, it delivers plenty of red berry preserves and baking spice flavors with soft tannins and judicious freshness, finishing with good length. (LPB)