Handpicked Selections Tasmania Pinot Noir 2013
A 96-point beauty (scored by legendary Aussie critic James Halliday).
Shows pretty rose petal, wild strawberry and smoky cherry on the nose that take on peppery spice and background clay notes with air. Very pure and uplifted aromas, with excellent oak integration that leads to a lush fruit impact on the palate with all the aforementioned fruit powerfully yet delicately rendered, finishing with sweeping tannins that resolve in a pure cherry kiss. This is an outstanding, uber-quaffable, lovely Pinot that will have broad appeal whether you like California, Oregon or Burgundian Pinot Noir.
Handpicked Selections is a virtual winery (not unlike Cameron Hughes Wine) who sources grapes from the top regions around Australia to make very high-end wines. Retailing in Australia at $59/bottle, you can thank the stronger USD to some degree in the value factor here…of course, a domestically produced Pinot Noir with this sort of faceted complexity and beautiful delineation of flavors would be priced well above $50+. From the very pristine landscape of Tasmania not far from the southern tip of Australia and the city of Melbourne, the cool, maritime climate is picture perfect for Pinot Noir (while Tasmania is technically an island, a quick look at Google Earth shows it is basically an extension of the Australian continental shelf). A 96-point beauty (scored by legendary Aussie critic James Halliday).