Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tarrawarra, part 2

The Chardonnays were impressive. What about the reds?

2012 Estate Pinot Noir: This wine has a very bright colour, with red cherry flavours on the palate. A fresh wine, with 50% new oak, and a nice finish (92 points).

2012 Reserve Pinot Noir: This is a darker wine, with more depth of fruit. This time black cherry flavours. The wine is quite aromatic and has a long finish. It will age well (94 points).

2010 Reserve Pinot Noir: This is a lighter style than 2012, but it is smooth, elegant and long. Oak is well integrated and savoury characters complement the red berry fruit. A harmonious package (94 points).

2008 Reserve Pinot Noir: This wine is much more developed, showing garnet colour. Savoury flavours take over from cherry fruit. The wine is well balanced (92 points).

2012 Merlot: Fruity plum flavours dominate this wine, which has seen 25% new oak. Tannins are firm and strong. Not much subtlety in this wine (90 points).

2012 Shiraz: A small percentage of Roussane skin is added to the Shiraz. This gives the wine lifted aromas and a slightly perfumed character. On the palate, plum and blackberry flavours dominate before we come to a silky finish (92 points).

Tarrawarra is very experienced in making Pinot Noir. Many vines are now mature and the team knows how the different blocks behave. The 2012 and 2010s show very assured winemaking.

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