I have always liked this wine, and this island for that matter.
Coming from the south-side of Tassie; Granton just outside of Hobart, 2008 was a little warmer than pretty much the previous 10 vintages down there so 14% alcohol is not really surprising.
Deep colour tells me that the wine spent an extended time on skins. On the nose there is the sweet scent of 'strawberries and cream' that makes this wine appealing and really easy to drink with strawbs and cream coming through with simple firm tannins.
It's great now, period.
Drink with seared tuna and beetroot salad
now to 2011