One site was not enough for the Dalrymple team when it came to pinot noir so they now source fruit from three different parts of Tasmania – the original Pipers River plus Swansea and the Coal River Valley, with each responsible for quite different wine styles. Lining the three up in a single tasting is a masterclass in Tasmanian Pinot Noir.
Dalrymple Vineyards Cottage Block Pipers River Pinot Noir 2017
Despite its three years of age this wine is not quite ready for drinking yet, with fruit still wound up tight. But on days 2 and 3 it opened up beautifully and came into its own with sumptuous black cherry fruits with layers of spice well matched to subtle oak. The palate is fresh and more reserved than the other wines, showing the influence of Bass Strait with more truffle and mushroom flavours on a sinewy and acid driven palate. Delicious but best with creamy comfort dishes, such as mushroom risotto.
Drink 2023 – 2028
Dalrymple Vineyards Single Site Swansea Pinot Noir 2017
We are moving south now to the sun trap that is the East Coast of Tasmania and Swansea, which gives its wines greater fruit drive. It is immediately exciting, enticing and even haunting. Stalky wild raspberry and red cherry fruits are lifted by gamey, tobacco leaf complexity. Fresh and vibrant on the palate, again there is that autumnal mushroom edge but it is now matched by fleshy fruits, subtle oak and fine but significant tannins. Gorgeous wine now and for some time to come.
Drink 2020 – 2028
Dalrymple Vineyards Single Site Coal River Valley Pinot Noir 2017
Now we are close to Hobart and the wine has taken on a deeper colour and set of flavours. Ripe dark cherry fruit leads the way with some attractive floral and even peppery treats. It is then quite bold and generous on the palate with layers of ripe fruit and supple tannins to drive a long finish. A wine that is hard not to instantly fall in love with, that will even please hardened shiraz fans at your next dinner party.
Drink 2020 – 2025