Pirie Tasmania South Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Australia
White Hills' typical black cherry aromas are complemented by sweet plum and floral notes. The palate is full and textured with a plush mid palate which finishes sweet and clean. Age 1-3 years and serve in a big glass to capture the perfume.
Pair with a crusty baguette with brie or young camembert, or quail with black cherries.
Australian Wine Companion - "Decidedly reserved bouquet, with a strong savoury aspect reminiscent of graphite and showing hints of dark cherries; the fruit makes an appearance on the palate, but the mineral edge remains, and there is a firmness of tannin that is ultimately very satisfying, drawing the palate out to a long and even conclusion."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Pinot Noir South, medium ruby-colored, it displays an aromatic array of earth notes, cinnamon, cherry, and cranberry. It has excellent density, sweet fruit, a glossy texture, and excellent length. Drink it over the next 5 years. "
Pirie Tasmania Winery
Pirie Tasmania is the latest evolution of one man's belief that Tasmania can be one of the truly great wine regions of the world. As Australia's first PhD in viticulture, founder of Pipers Brook Vineyard (1973-2002) and more recently Pirie Estate and SOUTH labels (est 2004,) and recipient of the Australian Medal for his services to Tasmanian wine and tourism (2001,) Andrew Pirie's contribution to the industry is indisputable, as now is Tasmania's position as a jewel in the crown of Australian wine. View all Pirie Tasmania Wines
About Other Australia
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New South Wales appellation.
Western Australia– a small corner of Australia winemaking occurs on the opposite coast of the others. The largest state, Western Australia includes the smaller appellation of Margaret River.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in the country.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
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Earthy & Spicy
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Big & Bold
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