There is a really good, well worn, walking track close by that runs along the edge of the Derwent River. It provides uninterrupted views of the river, Hobart and Mount Wellington/Kunanyi. Lately, there’s been some upgrading and it’s not as ‘worn’ as it was. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I find myself kicking rocks off the track in an attempt to make it more user friendly. It didn’t take long before it was smooth again and the lumps, bumps and obstacles from the upgrade were ironed out and it was back to being a pleasure to walk on.
I sensed that this Tassie Pinot Noir would have been similar in its youth in that it would have had a few lumps and bumps that, over time and with a little patience, have been ironed out, resulting in a smooth and easily negotiated wine that is a pleasure to explore. I have no doubt that is why Bob and Rita Richter hold their wines back so they themselves can ‘smooth the path’ for you to enjoy their wines at their absolute best.
Love the colour. It is so pinot perfect. The aromas are enticing as much as they are pretty and delicate. You struggle not to want to look further. It’s quite bold on the palate, a little meaty too, savoury for sure, dark cherries, blackberry plumpness and a ripe strawberry like character all working well together. Tannins are, as you’d expect, present but providing support to the wine as a whole rather than a distraction from it, as it finishes long and with a certain elegance too. From a very good vintage in Tasmania, this is a wine that I have no doubt has plenty of time on its side.
Region: Glengarry, Tasmania Price: $60 Source: A generous gift