Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2007

This wine was unexpectedly good.  Not because I thought it would be bad, it's just that I was at a lunch which had shown itself in all probability as likely to be a bad lunch, which then, it wasn't.  Nonetheless, the sort of lunch where jotting down wine notes on an iPhone looks odder than its already significant oddness.  Dalrymple Vineyards according to its website is:

"... [a] vineyard of ... 12.3 hectares [that] rises up an easterly facing slope from 100m to 160m above sea level. With latitude of 41°, the vineyard shares similar conditions to that found in Burgundy.  Tea trees, eucalypts and ferns protect its terroir on all sides, whilst sea breezes from nearby Bass Strait moderate day and night temperatures, thereby encouraging the grapes to ripen evenly ... The majority of vines exceed 20 years of age." 

Whilst the latitude of Burgundy is more around the 47° mark (though not taking into account the warming effect of the "Gulf Stream"), this Tasmanian wine doesn't need a ubiquitous Burgundy comparison because it was simply delicious.  Cherries and oak by way of aroma.   Suppleness, depth and lingering length on the palate.  More please.  Here are the wine's technical details from the winery.  90 points (7.5/10)

Abv: 14%
Price: around $30
Would I buy it having tasted it?  Yes
Website: http://www.dalrymplevineyards.com.au

90 points (7.5/10)
June 20, 2011

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