2003 Pipers Brook Pinot Noir 13.5%


Another example of why Tasmania is now considered as one of Australia’s best Pinot Noir regions. This is a delightful wine that is just coming into its best drinking window.
The colour is transluscent cherry, ruby red. Winestar sums up the wine very well.
“Lifted floral and berry fruit aromas balanced by spice and vanillin notes from oak maturation. The palate is deliciously concentrated, displaying ripe cherry and plum fruit supported by a spine of firm, grippy tannins and balanced by a dry, savoury finish. The wine will develop soft and velvety characters with further bottle age. Drink now to 2007.
The 2003 vintage was characterised by a cool, wet spring, followed by a long, sunny and dry utumn. As a result of low crop yields, due to the seasonal conditions, wines from this year show great intensity of flavour. The vines are meticulously hand-tended and grown on Scott Henry and Lyre trellises, helping to expose the ripening bunches to the sun, thus achieving full ripeness and well-balanced flavours.”
I can report that the tannins have softened and the balance is excellent. It should cellar for several years yet, but really is drinking invitingly well right now.

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