TASTING NOTES

2018-2019 Academic Year

We post new model tasting notes in line with the WSET Diploma standard regularly. The latest additions are on the Calibration Wines page.  Scroll down for notes from the 2018/19 year. 

These tasting notes are useful for anyone who wants to calibrate or improve their tasting skills. The wines are all easily available and we indicate who the supplier is in each case. 


These notes are not model answers for the WSET Diploma tasting exams, where candidates are expected to provide a full analysis in prose and to justify their assessment of quality. However, they do set out all the key points candidates would be expected to cover. 

By the way, the Global Wine Academy does not receive any reward of any kind for featuring wines in our free tasting notes or in our classes. We choose them on the basis that knowing and understanding them will help Diploma students and delight wine lovers - and we pay for them all ourselves too.

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May 2, 2019

The Wine Society - £19.50

Tasting date - 15/05/2019

Appearance - Medium Ruby ( if you have an older vintage I would be garnet)

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Red cherry, raspberry, strawberry, black plum, black cherry, light pepper and violet note

Secondary aro...

May 2, 2019

The Wine Society - £17.00

Tasting date - 15/05/2019

Appearance - Deep Ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Blackcurrant, cassis, cherry, plum, eucalyptus

Secondary aroma - Toast, vanilla, clove, cinnamon

Tertiary aroma - Sultana, fig, earthy

Sweetness - Dry

Acidity...

May 2, 2019

The Wine Society - £8.75

Tasting date - 15/05/2019

Appearance - Pale purple ( almost medium if you poured too much!)

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Raspberry, strawberry, red cherry, redcurrant, red plum, confected strawberry, bubblegum, hint of blackcurrant...

May 2, 2019

The Wine Society - £9.95

Tasting date - 15/05/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon ( one bottle tried was medium lemon) 

Nose intensity - Medium intensity

Primary aroma - Lemon, grapefruit, green apple, yellow apple

Secondary aroma - Yeast, bread

Tertiary aroma - None

Sweetness - Dry

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April 4, 2019

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay, 2016, Adelaide Hills, South Australia 

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £29.99

Tasting date - 20/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Pear, peach, apricot, melon and a hint of banana

Secondary aroma - Smoke, toast,...

March 30, 2019

The Paddock, Shiraz, South Eastern Australia, 2016

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £7.99

Tasting date - 20/03/2019

Appearance - Medium ruby

Nose intensity - Medium

Primary aroma - Raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, fruity, jammy

Secondary aroma - None

Tertiary aroma - None

Sweetness...

March 30, 2019

Yalumba, Old Bush Vine Grenache, 2015, Barossa, South Australia

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £15.99

Tasting date - 20/03/2019

Appearance - Pale ruby

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, slightly confected

Secondary aroma - (old oak in u...

March 30, 2019

Yalumba, Viognier, 2017, Eden Valley, South Australia

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £15.99

Tasting date - 20/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Honeysuckle, jasmine, orange blossom, melon, ripe peach and apricot

Secondary aroma - Toast, s...

March 30, 2019

Stargazer Chardonnay, Tasmania, 2016

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £ 40.00

Tasting date - 22/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Medium plus ( opened up to Pronounced after a few hours)

Primary aroma - Lemon, grapefruit, lime, yuzu, granny smith apple, underripe pe...

March 30, 2019

Thistledown, The Basket Case, Old Vine, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2012, South Australia 

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £19.49

Tasting date - 20/03/2019

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Fresh blackcurrant, black cherry, blueberry, plum

Secondary ar...

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