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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 - £12.50

Tasting date - 15/05/2019

Appearance - Medium lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Peach, apricot, ripe pear, pineapple, banana

Secondary aroma - Vanilla, butter, nutmeg, cinnamon, toast

Tertiary aroma - None

Sweetness - Off-dry

Acidity -...

April 4, 2019

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay, 2016, Adelaide Hills, South Australia 

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £29.99

Tasting date - 20/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Pear, peach, apricot, melon and a hint of banana

Secondary aroma - Smoke, toast,...

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 13, 2019

Domaine Mallory et Benjamin Talmard Macon Villages 2017 BU69291

The Wine Society - £9.95

Tasting date - 10/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Medium

Primary aroma - Lemon, green apple, pear, hint of apricot or peach 

Secondary aroma - A hint of creaminess

Tertia...

March 12, 2019

Domaine Gonon, Mâcon La Roche Vineuse 2017 BU69291

The Wine Society - £9.95

Tasting date - 12/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Medium

Primary aroma - Pear, apple, hint of apricot, peach and honeysuckle 

Secondary aroma - Creamy and buttery

Tertiary aroma - Non...

December 30, 2018

Rocking Horse, White Blend, 2017, South Africa

The Wine Society - £22.00

Tasting date - 30/12/2018

Appearance - Medium lemon ( just )

Nose intensity - Pronounced  

Primary aroma - Apple, peach, apricot, melon, cammomile,

Secondary aroma - Cream, butter

Tertiary aroma - Hay, h...

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 7, 2018

Wine Society Exhibition Tasmanian Chardonnay 2016

Wine Society, £16

Tasting date - 01/08/2018

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Peach, apricot, banana, peardrop

Secondary aroma - Butter, cream, biscuit, light or hint of toast

Tertiary aroma...

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