As you can see, stunning label and package plus this wine also has an interesting story behind it. New Certan is the relatively new ultra-premium pinot from Pipers Brook. It comes from a single vineyard quite literally in the suburbs of Launceston, called Mount Pleasant. Keen eyed Bordeaux fans might have also noticed that the label looks a little like Vieux Chateau Certan, which is one of Pomerol’s greatest estates, thanks to this being an antipodean outpost from the same family. So expectations were very high on this wine and it does not disappoint.
It’s light in colour, which means nothing when it comes to pinot noir, before it rolls into a beautifully fragrant Tasmanian style bursting with juicy and energetic red cherry fruit aromas. There are also touches of spice and plenty of oak too but at the moment the overriding impression is of youth and promise. It follows on the palate with concentrated yet even fruit which is a little more giving – floral and earthy elements now sitting over that decadent red berry fruit which delivers a very long, spicy satin finish. Tannins are on the lighter side but that fruit concentration provides plenty of aging potential. A benchmark Tasmanian Pinot Noir that has the potential to become one of the island’s best.
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