Friday, August 6, 2010


- Coal River Valley, TAS
- $68-$75
- Cork
- 14.5%alc

Southern Tasmania's Domaine A make some of the most spectacular wines you'll find from the Apple Isle. Although they're best known for a fabulously unique cabernet sauvignon, Domaine A also make one of Australia's finest (wooded) sauvignon blancs and a superlative pinot noir. These wines may be difficult to find (just 385 dozen of the 2006 Pinot Noir made) but by all accounts they're well worth the effort.

Dark and deeply coloured, the 2006 Domaine A opens up to herbal, meaty and dark fruited aromas with complex, underlying notes of menthol, caramel and fragrant vanilla oak adding freshness and intrigue. On the palate it's pure pinot, with a soft, supple, delicate core of leathery dark cherries and spiced game meats expressed with exceptional fragility and a coating of toasty black truffle-like oak. It finishes very fine, long and truly dry, with a tight structural outline combining lithe, zippy acidity with a dry, dusty tannic backbone that intensifies in waves.

ü+ Successfully marrying complex flavours and aromas with understated feel and classic, assertive structure; this is a wonderful, true enthusiasts pinot noir. Great cellaring potential. Drink to 2016.
95 points


  1. Good note. I've been meaning to try this producer, and their cabernet, for some time. Are they stocked by the usual suspects?


  2. Unfortunately not really Sean. DM's seemed to of picked up a recent allocation of Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon; it's well priced (around $60 I think) but it was from the much less heralded 2003 vintage. I imagine Domaine A wines would be a lot easier to find in the eastern state's independent retailers though, as that's where I found this one in Adelaide.

    Good luck,
    Chris P

  3. Nice note Chris. The (way too few) Domaine A Pinots I have tasted all conjured up the words "truffle, forest floor mushrooms and earthy". "Yum' is another. I want to have bottles of this in the cellar, as the 2004 I tried at a tasting was one of the more complex Aussie Pinots I had tried in a while.



  4. Thanks Brown. There's nothing wrong with a bit of truffle in a Tassie pinot that's for sure! Especially when truffle's in season down there :)