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 - £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...

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

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

Onannon Chardonnay, 2016, Mornington Peninsular

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £ 27.00

Tasting date - 22/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Medium plus but opened up to Pronounced after a few hours open

Primary aroma - Lemon, golden delicious apple, peach, nectarin...

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 16, 2019

Koyle Cerro Basalto Cuartel G2 Carmenere 2016 CE9931

The Wine Society - £16.00

Tasting date - 15/03/2019

Appearance - Deep purple

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Cassis, black cherry, blackberry, eucalyptus, licquorice

Secondary aroma - Coffee, chocolate, clove

Te...

March 6, 2019

Louis Sipp, Pinot Gris, Alsace, 2016

The Wine Society - £13.50 AL14201

Tasting date - 04/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Medium 

Primary aroma - Peach, apricot, lemon, mango pear, red apple, honeysuckle, apple blossom

Secondary aroma - None

Tertiary aroma - N...

February 22, 2019

The Society's Primitivo di Mandira, 2016

The Wine Society - £10.50 IT24241

Tasting date - 22/02/2019

Appearance - Deep Ruby

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Red plum, raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, raisin, prune, simple, jammy

Secondary aroma - Light hints...

December 14, 2018

Koyle, Carmenere, Los Lingues Vineyard, Cerro Basalto Cuartel G2, 2016

The Wine Society - £16.00

Tasting date - 25/11/2018

Appearance - Deep purple

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Cassis, black cherry, bramble, eucalyptus, licquorice

Secondary aroma - Chocolate,...

August 8, 2018

Penfolds, Max’s Shiraz, 2016, South Australia

Waitrose, The Good Wine Company NZ - £19.99

Tasting date - 25/07/2018

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Black pepper, black cherry, blackcurrant, black plum

Secondary aroma - Smoke,  bitter choco...

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