Winery: Devil’s Corner
Wine Name/Vineyard: Pinot Noir
Wine Category: Pinot Noir
Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Bottle size: 750 ml
State or country: Australia
Cases produced: N/A
The Barrel Cellar Score: 87 points
Review date: June 13, 2021
About the Winemaker: Devil’s Corner is the first Pinot Noir I can recall trying from Tasmania. Pinot Noir from this region is starting to gain a reputation for being world class. Devil’s Corner’s vineyards sit on the east side of Tasmania and are known to have a sedimentary soil composition similar to that of Oregon and France – two world renown Pinot Noir regions. The winery notes that the 2019 vintage benefited from a long slow ripening season, which resulted in high quality fruit.
Nose: Earth and tart cherry.
Taste: Red berries, various mineral and floral notes.
Assessment: This wine reminds me of a day overlooking the ocean with a nice breeze. It’s light in body, refreshing, and benifits from a strong mineral influence. There is earth on the palate, but it is much more reserved than an Oregonian or French Pinot Noir. The wine is light on both tannins and acidity, with the scales of balance tilted slightly towards acidic.
I did a bit of research to try to determine the age of the vines and came up empty. I feel like the vines are probably young. I see lot’s of potential in this vineyard, the winery, and the region, but a few more years of age on the vines will result in a more flavorful and better-rounded wine.
Priced around $20 a bottle, this wine is a great value, and is a solid easy drinker. The Barrel Cellar gives this Pinot Noir from Devil’s Corner 87 points.
Pairing recommendation: Duck breast with a well ripened cherry reduction, roasted portabella mushrooms, or a slice of chocolate silk pie.