Tamar Ridge Single Block Pinot Noir 2020


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.

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