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 - £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...

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

Onannon Gippsland Pinot Noir 2015 

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £27.00

Tasting date - 22/03/2019

Appearance - Pale garnet

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Red cherry, cranberry, plum, violet and slightly leafy

Secondary aroma - Smoke, toast, clove

Tertiary aroma - Dri...

March 26, 2019

Chateau Malbat Bordeaux 2015 CB5131 and 2016 CB5561

The Wine Society - £7.50

Tasting date - 22/03/2019

Appearance - Medium ruby ( 2016 is purple)

Nose intensity - Medium

Primary aroma - Red cherry, redcurrant, plum and a hint of blackberry, simple ( 2016 is slightly le...

March 22, 2019

Alvolo Aglianico del Vulture Alovino 2015 IT26351

The Wine Society - £16.00

Tasting date - 22/03/2019

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Fresh black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, violet, lavender, thyme 

Secondary aroma - Vanilla, cinnamon...

March 6, 2019

Trimbach Reserve Pinot Gris, Alsace, 2015

The Wine Society - £16 AL14021

Tasting date - 04/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Peach, apricot, pear, red apple, honeysuckle

Secondary aroma - None

Tertiary aroma - None

Sweetness - Off-dry

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February 19, 2019

Cavalloto Nebbiolo, Langhe, 2015

The Wine Society - £23.00 IT24641

Tasting date - 18/12/2019

Appearance - Pale garnet

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Red cherry, raspberry, red plum and a hint of violet

Secondary aroma - Smoke, toast and a hint of clove ( sweet...

January 1, 2019

Klein Constantia, Riesling, 2015, Constantia, South Africa

The Wine Society - £11.95

Tasting date - 31/12/2018

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced  

Primary aroma - Lime, lemon, grapefruit, dill, fennel, flint, petrol

Secondary aroma - None

Tertiary aroma - No...

November 9, 2018

Journey’s End ‘Sir Lowry’, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2015

Waitrose - £14.99

Tasting date - 20/10/2018

Appearance - Medium ruby

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry, plum

Secondary aroma - Toast, chocolate,...

October 29, 2018

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Famille Perrin, les sinards, 2015

The Co-op - £20

21/10/2018  

Appearance - Medium ruby

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Raspberry, cranberry, strawberry, black cherry, white pepper

Secondary aroma - Vanilla and toast

Tertiary aroma - none

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