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 - £17.00

Tasting date - 15/05/2019

Appearance - Deep Ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Blackcurrant, cassis, cherry, plum, eucalyptus

Secondary aroma - Toast, vanilla, clove, cinnamon

Tertiary aroma - Sultana, fig, earthy

Sweetness - Dry

Acidity...

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

Yalumba, Viognier, 2017, Eden Valley, South Australia

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £15.99

Tasting date - 20/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Honeysuckle, jasmine, orange blossom, melon, ripe peach and apricot

Secondary aroma - Toast, s...

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

Pewsey Vale, Eden Valley, Riesling 2017

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £15.99

Tasting date - 22/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Lemon, lime, green apple skin, green pear, hints of quince, honeysuckle, flinty

Secondary aroma - None

Terti...

March 30, 2019

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia 2013

www.auswineonline.co.uk - £24.00

Tasting date - 22/03/2019

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Incredibly ripe black cherry, cassis, blackberry, mint, eucalyptus and a hint of capsicum 

Sec...

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...

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 -...

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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