WINE REVIEW: 2015 Handpicked Wines Pinot Noir, Tasmania, Australia ($50)
by Andrew Chalk
Appearance: Ruby to garnet color. Translucent at core, watery meniscus’
Nose: Savory, forest floor, tomato, black tea leaves;
Palate: Chewy but soft tannins. Medium acidity. Warm, soft round finish lasts 20-30 seconds.
Overall: Interesting producer. Handpicked presents four different Pinot Noirs from the superb cool climate growing regions of New Zealand’s Central Otago, and Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, and the island of Tasmania - all made by the same winemaker.
Tasmania has emerged as one of the most promising Australian regions for pinot noir. This is the first Tasmanian pinot noir that I have tried and it has left me wanting to try more. There is clearly something very interesting going on in that little island of devils.