In a move made to signify the company's use of estate grown fruit, TarraWarra has dropped the Tin Cows name from its entry level Yarra Valley wines. Tin Cows always sounded a bit tacky to me, so it's a welcomed change in my view.
Opening to a nose of simple yet recognisable varietal quality, its spicy dark cherry aromas also reveal hints of herb and a sappy aspect. Attractively varietal in its smooth entry, the palate is pleasingly supple and approachable, with a fairly straightforward yet generously long expression of dark cherry, plum and cedar flavours which end fractionally raw and hard edged alongside a lingering presence of assertive spices.
ü Another wine which underlines the recent improvements made by Australia's $20 pinot class, TarraWarra's 2008 is a tidy little drink which is ready to enjoy now. Drink to 2012.