Bream Creek, Reserve Pinot Noir, East Coast, Tasmania, Australia, 2017
Reserve Pinot Noir
Platinum - Best in Show: Best in Show
100% Pinot Noir
Tasmania has impressed at DAWA in previous years for both its Chardonnay and its sparkling wines, and the quality of this Pinot underscores just how significant a part of Australia's wine future the island is likely to be. It comes not from Northern or Central Tasmania, but from the dryer, warmer East Coast sector, hence the 14.4% alcohol -- yet everything about this dark, translucent Pinot suggests balance, freshness and naturally articulated poise. The scents combine dark raspberry fruits with hints of coffee and underbrush; the palate is vibrant, expansive, choice and subtly layered, again built around a core of plush raspberry. Most impressively, too, there is no lack of structure here; affable grape-skin tannins take the lead over the finer textured legacy of ten months in oak.