It is fantastic to see that Brown Brothers are really putting in the hard yards in search of great Tassie Pinot, and this is one of a number of premium wines now bottled under their Tamar Ridge and Devil’s Corner labels. You can feel that a hell of a lot of effort has gone into this particular wine and maybe it will come around, but it just feels a little forced right now for Pinot Noir, which is a grape variety that loves a gentle hand in the winery.
It’s made from a single block in the Tamar Valley, and a single clone, D4V2. It shows good colour and fruit power – lots of dark cherry and spice with what seems like quite heavy oak, although it is only 17% new. The palate is then dry and fleshy – again layers of of dark fruit and leather with generous length and supple tannins so there is some aging potential. It’s a good wine but lacking a little Pinot Noir varietal character at the moment although that may come with time. A wine to sit on for a couple of years at least.