Thursday, August 23, 2012

Updated Review: **+ $$ Pirie Estelle, 2006, South Tasmania, Australia - Review and Rating


Original Review: I've been seeking a Tasmanian wine to try for awhile now. This Pirie Estelle, 2006, is a blend of 50% riesling, 30% gewurztraminer and 20% pinot gris. It is named for Estelle Thompson, which is the given name for actor Merle Oberon, who claimed to be Tasmanian-born, but was believed to actually hail from India. She was nominated for an Academy Award, and was probably most well-known for her role as Catherine in the 1939 version of Wuthering Heights.

Well, let's see what the wine itself has to offer, first tasted July 2008:

In the glass, this shows as off-white, with a touch of vanilla color. The aroma is quite prominent of wet slate stone, with a hint of shiny new metal. Really like sucking on cool, salty beach stones after a rain.

On the palate, you get a puckering, new grass lift to the front of your mouth. Very lightly sweetened lime trickles down the sides of your jaw, causing it to clench as it trickles and attacks. A bit of fruity finish holds on, cemented by the acids and alcohol.

Interesting ride. Two stars with a plus for the awesome aromas and the potential for the future.

Jay Miller of Wine Advocate awarded 89 points, saying, "It offers a spicy nose with floral and tropical notes followed by a ripe, crisp, intensely flavored wine with excellent balance and length. It will drink well over the next 2-3 years."

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Updated review, over four years later, Augest, 2012:  Medium yellow color.  Aroma of soft, sweet salty hay. Light sweet lime on the palate.  Held up well to time.  Ready to drink now. 

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