Tuesday, July 7, 2009


- Southern Tasmania
- $26-$34
- Screwcap
- 14.0%alc

With unqualified success across recent vintages (2006-91pts, 2007-92pts), Stefano Lubiana's deceptively complex, savoury and structured Primavera has proved a much more serious proposition than its price suggests. I find it usually requires at least an hour of decanting to show its best, which typifies the label's exceptional winemaking pedigree.

Nicely perfumed and fruity, the 2008 Primavera's fragrance of ripe strawberries, cherry and sweet, fresh vanilla oak precedes a soft and supple palate bestowed with pleasing depth and brittle, powdery tannins. Marked by flavours of dark cherry and refreshing acidity; a precisely balanced, neat palate indicates this wine has the necessary components to fill out beautifully over the short term.

ü+ Another outstanding Primavera from Steve Lubiana. This guy should be holding masterclasses on pinot production for the rest of Australia. Drink to 2013.
92 points

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