Grape: Pinot Noir
First Glance: Bright, cool-climate Pinot
Acclaim: 95 Points
Joe Holyman crafts true cool-climate renditions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from his Stoney Rise winery the Tamar Valley in Northern Tasmania. The wines across the board are made in a lighter and lifted style, and see a good amount of whole-bunch fermentation to add structure and aromatic complexity, and really underpin that sense of crunchy freshness that characterises many of the wines from this region.
This is the estate Pinot Noir, made with 100% estate grown fruit from mature vines with an average age of 35 years. Farming is sustainably minded with inspiration from organic and biodynamic practises, and yields here are admirably low, ensuring high quality fruit and good flavour concentration. This sees 75% whole bunches in the ferment, and gets treated to a well-managed 30% new French oak.
95 Points, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au
75% whole bunch. 30% new oak. These Holyman Pinots are a little different to your average Australian examples, in that they are very restrained, and specifically made to age well.
Red cherry, boysenberry, fine pencil and graphite oak, a little spice, some rosy perfume. Light to medium-bodied, cranberry crunch to acidity, powdery firm tannin, a brisk long finish of fragrance and spice. Tight. Needs time. Will roll out beautifully with bottle age.