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

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

Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Grenache 2017 £24.00

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £24.00

Tasting date - 22/03/2019

Appearance - Pale ruby

Nose intensity - Medium 

Primary aroma - Red cherry, strawberry, raspberry, violet, slightly confected strawberry, lightly jammy

Secondary aroma -...

February 15, 2019

Cotes du Rhone Rive Droite Rive Gauche 2017

The Wine Society -  RH50701 £7.75

Tasting date - 15/12/2018

Appearance - Medium ruby

Nose intensity - Medium minus

Primary aroma - Redcurrant, red cherry, plum, strawberry, simple

Secondary aroma - None

Tertiary aroma - No bottle ev...

August 9, 2018

Guigal, CDR, 2015

Available globally - £8-12 approximate price

Tasting date - 29/07/2018

Appearance - Medium ruby

Nose intensity - Medium

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

Secondary aroma - None

Tertiary aroma - None

Sweetness - Dry


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...

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