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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 - £13.50

Tasting date - 15/05/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Lemon, lime, grapefruit, asparagus, fresh peas, passionfruit, blossom, elderflower

Secondary aroma - None

Tertiary aroma - None

Sweetness - Dry

Acidity - Hig...

August 19, 2018

De Grendel, Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa, 2017

Waitrose - £11.99 approximate

Tasting date - 28/07/2018

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Green apple, lemon, grapefruit pith, mandarine, grass and hint of orange blossom

Secondary aroma - None


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