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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March 30, 2019

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia 2013

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £24.00

Tasting date - 22/03/2019

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Incredibly ripe black cherry, cassis, blackberry, mint, eucalyptus and a hint of capsicum 


March 8, 2019

Riesling Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergbieten, Cuvée Henriette, Domaine Mochel, 2013

The Wine Society - £21.00 AL11851

Tasting date - 07/03/2019

Appearance - Medium lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Lemon, lime, grapefruit, marmalade, orange blossom, orange, me...

January 27, 2019

E Guigal, Cote-Rotie, Northern Rhone, France, 2013

Waitrose/Majestic - £40

Tasting date - 27/01/2018

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced  

Primary aroma - Black cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum and hint of black pepper

Secondary aroma - Toast, smoke, chocolate...

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