Dalrymple Estate sits in a vale 160 metres above Bass Strait in the Pipers River region of Tasmania. An easterly aspect, red basalt soils, natural flora and cool sea breezes, all combine to encourage the slow and even ripening of grapes, allowing their naturalflavours to gently meander and develop to optimum vinous levels.
The vineyard is named after the little town of Ouse which is located on the Ouse River. This is a unique site where there are no other vineyards close by. It is a place typically prone to low rainfall, north-westerly winds and stony basalt soil and broken shale down below. It is windswept dry hills of central Tasmania. If you were to pop a pin on the global map, you’d swear this was Burgundian in style; savour the power, structure and savoury notes. It’s something quite special.
Medium-deep colour with a good purple tinge, the bouquet is all dark cherries , gloriously ripe and succulent, and multiple dried herb and spice nuances, as it is also in the mouth. A decadent wine, fully ripe fruit showcased in all its glory, underpinned by fine grained but persuasive tannins throughout the long and seamless palate. Whole-bunch touches are beautifully harmonised and add to the great complexity of flavour. Long-lasting finish: a really gorgeous pinot noir of structure and gravitas. Date: Sept 2023; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $68.00; Drink: 2024-2036; Rating: 97 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
Wow! This is a notably mineral and savoury wine, and an outlier from the more common, fruitier style of Tassie pinot. The Ouse vineyard has warm daytime temperatures and very cold nights throughout the growing season and it is perhaps this microclimatic variations that give deep flavours of black olive, dried herbs and an iron-rich, meaty taste sensation. There’s some delicate fruit in the form of elderberries and dried cherries and some spicy sarsaparilla. A compelling and fascinating pinot. Date: Sept 2023; Rating: 95 Points; The West Australian
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