Needless to say we have done lots and lots of Australian wines in a variety of price ranges. We have even reviewed a few Tasmanian whites, but this is our first red from that island to the south of the mainland. Remember, in the Southern Hemisphere south is like north to North Americans. Tasmania has a relatively cool climate, which means that Pinot Noir should do well there. Tamar Valley vineyards are mostly planted in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Devilís Corner winery has been around for less than 20 years; it now belongs to the Brown Brotherís, a family operation established in 1889. Their younger generation consists of three sisters. The company is said to be one of Australiaís most innovative wine producers. The companion wine, costing about two thirds as much, is a Pinot Noir from a major French winery, one known for its Beaujolais Nouveau.
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Devilís Corner Pinot Noir, Tasmania, Australia, 13.1 % alcohol about $15.
Letís start by quoting the marketing materials.. ďTasting Note : 2011 has made for a spicy and structured Devilís Corner, with restrained pink pepper, rhubarb, brambles and grippy tannins accentuated by taut acidity. Itís savoury and structural, yet accurate and appealing, with good persistence and medium-term potential. Drink; 2012-2015. Score Ė 90. (Tyson Stelzer at his website. Undated). And now for my review.
At the first sips this wine was very rich, offering light acidity and some sweetness. The initial meal centered on slow-cooked beef ribs. I had the feeling that everything stepped up. The libation was mouth filling and yet light. I noted chocolate. In response to simultaneously cooked potatoes the Pinot Noirís acidity and sweetness increased. There was some darkness. Carrots lengthened the drink. I slathered a healthy dose of Yemeni green jalapeno pepper sauce on the meat and the wine became peppery. Fresh raspberries for dessert rendered our Tasmanian friend long and once again I tasted chocolate.
The second meal focused on spicy ground beef with peas and wisps of tomatoes. The libation sweetened and was somewhat thin but did provide refreshing acidity. There wasnít a lot of fruit. Bland steamed quinoa perked up the fermented juiceís acidity and its sweetness descended. Chinese chili sauce on the meat made my glass peppery. Fresh cherries darkened the liquid but there wasnít a lot of fruit.
The final meal kicked off with Japanese rice crackers that were missing the requisite Wasabi peas. Now the wine was thin, or perhaps slim, but long with well-balanced acidity. The piece de resistance was a spicy but dry commercially prepared barbecued chicken breast. Now the Pinot Noir was multilayered and long. I tasted the forest. When it met zesty guacamole this libation expanded to meet the mini challenge. In the presence of fresh strawberries the liquid was multilayered but weakened. Its acidity was chopped away but still remained acceptable.
Final verdict. I had to pay over $20 and would not buy this wine again at such a price. But I see it on the Internet for $15 and wouldnít hesitate at such a price. Iíll be looking for more Tasmanian wines.Access the companion wine A Wine Lover's Weekly Review Of $10 Wines - Another Languedoc, France Pinot Noir
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would
rather just drink fine French or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario
French-language community college. His wine websites include
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