Tuesday, August 17, 2010


- Southern Tasmania
- $26-$34
- Screwcap
- 13.5%alc

Stefano Lubiana's certainly achieved a rare vein of consistent form with his recent Primavera Pinot Noirs (2005-91pts, 2006-91pts, 2007-92pts and 2008-92pts), but perhaps of more interest, is how this wine just seems to get better every year.

Reflecting aromatic harmony and poise, the 2009 Primavera opens to a wonderfully floral bouquet laced with cleanly fruited scents of lightly spiced cherries, pink strawberries and smooth vanilla oak with a stalky/earthy aspect. Its deliciously approachable palate is supple and juicy, with a vibrant array of youthful, satiny pinot characters in the small red berry/plum fruit spectrum graced by an airy touch of spice. Structurally it's a shade softer than some Primaveras, but it makes up for this minor discrepancy with a persistent core of rich, ripe berry and vanilla flavours outlined by a faint, yet even coverage of ticklish tannins. Altogether, it just urges you to go another glass.

ü+ Stefano Lubiana's 2009 Primavera is a consummate early drinking pinot noir, which exudes true beauty and balance through fine craftsmanship in both winery and vineyard. It scores highly for sheer drinkability. Drink to 2014.
92 points

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