2013 Trip to Tasmania – Bruny Island Premium Wines
Before trying the first glass I asked for something to spit the wine into, but the guy replied reproachfully, “We don’t encourage that. Our wines are too good to spit them out.” A few minutes later I had to agree with that bold claim. Being the only winery on the island, they could take the word “premium” for granted, but they really deserved it. 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir was one of the best Pinot Noirs I ever tasted. In fact, there were two different types of Pinot Noir – one with a gold Reserve label and one without. It appeared that the un-Reserved variety was made from grape grown in another place and it was not a patch on the Reserve Pinot grown locally. Many times I heard that wine quality starts in the vineyard, and Bruny Island Premium Wines provided a convincing proof – same winemaker, same grape variety, same year, same process and vastly different results for different vineyards.
|Winery:||Bruny Island Premium Wines|
|Name:||Pinot Noir Reserve|
|Date of purchase:||03/12/2013|
|Date of tasting:||03/12/2013|
Needless to say, I bought a bottle of Reserve Pinot Noir and we finished it on the same day, which was quite surprising as we usually have just one glass of wine for dinner. The reason for such gluttony was an incredibly apt match of the wine and Oen, a soft cheese in vine leaves that we bought in Bruny Island Cheese Company earlier. Every nibble of cheese asked for a sip of wine and vice versa – I just couldn’t stop before I ran out of both cheese and wine. Surely, there is an opportunity for the winery and the cheesemaker to cross-market their products.
Next day I returned to buy a case of the Reserve Pinot Noir and regretfully found that they wouldn’t give any noticeable discount on cases.
“This wine just walks itself out of the door…”, said the owner.
“… so why would we budge on price?” mentally finished I.
The only concession I got was free postage to Sydney which slashed about $2.5 off each bottle in a six-pack and, in fact, it was a better discount than one gets on average from Dan Murphy’s on similarly priced wines.