Grape: Pinot Noir
First Glance: Bright, cool-climate Pinot
Acclaim: 93 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
Made from fruit sourced in the Tamar Valley, mostly from dry-grown, estate owned vineyards, this Pinot sees vinification largely in old oak (5% new barrels) to not overpower the pure and crisp fruit tones. Bottled without fining or filtration
93 Points, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au
This year, 90% estate grown grapes, mainly younger vines, with a percentage of old vine fruit to give it a boost. I think I got that right. Joe Holyman dropped in this morning, and I’m usually so busy admiring him, that I can’t focus on the listening part.
Bright, red fruits, paprika, dusting of cinnamon. Light and feathery, with nutty flavours, bright acidity, a fine powdery tannin texture, and a firm red cherry and red fruited finish. Very nice. Brisk, but ever so tasty.