Our March issue panel tastings set out to find the best of both worlds. First, Old World Chateauneuf-du-Pape and the 2007 vintage which has been showered with praise. During the tasting's two days, our experts found plenty of great wines but doubted whether all the hype was fully deserved. Next stop, Australian Pinot Noir from cool-climate Tasmania and Victoria, both states at the forefront of the varietal's development in the New World (though far behind New Zealand in terms of exposure, of course). Result: a hat full of gems, with Victoria edging ahead.
Written by Decanter