2009 Pirie South Pinot Noir

Continuing on the theme from my last wine review of from Croatia.  There are some unexpected places which make quality wine that should be taken more seriously.  And if you like Pinot Noir, look no further than TASMANIA!?  Yes, when most people think of Tasmania, they think of the Tasmanian devil in Warner Bros. Looney Toons, but this is no joke and no cartooon.   I have tried a few wines from this region, and the Pinot Noir is scrumptuous.  Pictured is 2009 Pirie South Pinot Noir which comes from the cool climate of the Tamar Valley in Tasmania.  Think crunchy fruit, cherries from a cocktail and nuances from Burgundy but better than Bourgougne Rouge, and almost could be a village Chambolle Musigny or Gevrey Chambertain.   What is even more special about wines from Tasmania is that they are extremely affordable  as they often get overlooked because of the proximity and popularity of Australia and New Zealand wines.   You can find this Pirie South Pinot for about 12-15£ a bottle in the UK (try Jeroboams) and 25$ in the US.  You will not be disappointed. My rating 91 pts….and Lisa Perrotti Brown from Wine Advocate is also a fan:

2009 Pirie South Pinot Noir
eRobertParker.com #195
Jun 2011
Lisa Perrotti-Brown 90 Drink: 2011 – 2015 $25 (25)
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2009 “South” Pinot Noir presents aromas of black cherries, red currants and freshly cracked black pepper with a hint of cloves. Medium bodied with great flavor concentration, it has crisp acidity, a medium level of grainy tannins and a long peppery finish. Drinking now, it should remain good to 2015.

link to Pirie’s website:  http://www.pirietasmania.com.au/

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