We have just tried these wines from Tasmania after hearing some vibes and reading James Halliday’s rating of the 05 in the Australian Wine Companion.
The 04 is a lovely wine and a pleasure to drink, although Halliday scores it only 86, whereas he gives 96 points to the 05, equal highest score of any pinot in his book. When you taste them alongside each other you begin to see why.
Both have a dense and distinct ruby colour, the 05 a little darker. The 04 has a nose of cherries and spice with a little forest floor also, while the 05 has the lot; black cherries, cloves, ripe plums, a little earth and a little oak. On the palate the 04 shows spice and cherries and a luscious but not long finish. The 05 has the dark cherries, plummy fruit and fine smooth tannins, all encased in this smooth luscious and intense, but fine and elegant wine. The finish is amazingly long – Robert Parker’s watch would need new batteries. Power and elegance – need we seek more? The 04 is 13.2% and the 05 is 14.4%, quite a difference but not showing as alcohol in the 05, just lashings of luscious pinot fruit. You could cellar these wines for some years I guess, but I won’t be. You would need to contact Dalrymple to get your hands on this beauty.