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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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

Thistledown, The Basket Case, Old Vine, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2012, South Australia 

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £19.49

Tasting date - 20/03/2019

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Fresh blackcurrant, black cherry, blueberry, plum

Secondary ar...

March 30, 2019

Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia 2014 

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £21.00

Tasting date - 22/03/2019

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Intense and ripe black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, plum, mulberry

Secondary arom...

January 27, 2019

E Guigal, Cote-Rotie, Northern Rhone, France, 2013

Waitrose/Majestic - £40

Tasting date - 27/01/2018

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced  

Primary aroma - Black cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum and hint of black pepper

Secondary aroma - Toast, smoke, chocolate...

January 20, 2019

Peter Lehman, Stonewall Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia, 2008

Waitrose - £32.00 purchased 2016

Tasting date - 12/01/2019

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced  

Primary aroma - Black cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, a hint of black pepper, ripe and pure

Second...

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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