Domaine A is part of Tasmanian winemaking folklore. Swiss Peter Althaus went hunting for a suitable site and found one in the Coal River Valley outside of Hobart. First planted in 1973 by George and Priscilla Park, Peter and Ruth took over in 1989 tended to a much sought after range of wines before recently selling to David Walsh. Winemaker Conor van der Reest and the team at Moorilla Estate now have custodianship of this very important label. This is a sneak peek as the 2015 is still available at a keen price.
Domaine A, Pinot Noir, Tasmania, 2016
Dark and intense. Big structure for Tasmania. Blackberry and dark cherry fruit with dry thyme, shiny licorice, earthy root vegetable, coffee grounds and fallen leaf matter. The oak presents as slightly raw, a little sweet yet building for the future. Voluptuous and flowing with piquant cinnamon spice through the long, long finish. Tannins are waxy and slightly chewy before the intense acidity bites. A wine for the future.
RRP: $75 (current vintage)
Rating: 19/20 (95/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Domaine A