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 - £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


March 30, 2019

Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia 2014 

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £21.00

Tasting date - 22/03/2019

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Intense and ripe black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, plum, mulberry

Secondary arom...

January 2, 2019

Cartology, 2014, Chris & Suzaan Alheit, Chenin Blanc/Semillon

The Wine Society - £27.00

Tasting date - 31/12/2018

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced  

Primary aroma - White blossom, apricot, peach, quince, ripe pear, slight grassy note

Secondary aroma - Crea...

December 10, 2018

Domaine la Tasque, Carignan, 2014, 14.5% abv

Wine Society - £14.50

Tasting date - 24/11/2018

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Cassis, black cherry, plum, damson, blueberry, bramble

Secondary aroma - Smoke, toast, clove, cinnamon, dark chocol...

August 10, 2018

Chateau Souverain, Chardonnay, California - 2014

Waitrose, Sainsbury’s - Price £10-12

Tasting date - 25/07/2018

Appearance - Medium lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Banana, melon, pineapple, ripe pear, peaches

Secondary aroma - Cream, butter, vanilla, coconu...

August 3, 2018

Pauletts Aged Release Riesling, Polish Hill River, 2014

The Wine Society, Dunnell’s Premier Wine, Harrogate Fine Wine Company, My Wine Man Hong Kong - £12-15

Tasting date - 01/08/2018

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - green apple peel, ripe...

July 25, 2018

Gabriel Meffre - Le Roc Des Dentelles - Gigondas - 2014

Waitrose, £14.99

Tasting date -15/06/2018

Appearance - Medium Ruby

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Black pepper, redcurrant, red cherry, bramble

Secondary aroma - Toast, smoke

Tertiary aroma - Leather, raisi...

July 25, 2018

Folie a Deux - Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast - 2014

Waitrose, £19.99,

Tasting date - 15/06/2018

Appearance - Pale ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Strawberry, raspberry, red cherry, redcurrant, blueberry, violet

Secondary aroma - Vanilla, clove, star anise


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