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You’ve got to love the Holm Oak Ilex Pinot Noir - always one of the great bargains of Tassie wine!
There are plenty of good producers to look to down in Tassie but none offer better value than Holm Oak. Led by the husband and wife team of Rebecca Wilson and Tim Duffy (winemaker and viticulturist respectively), Holm Oak’s hand crafted, minimally intervened with, single vineyard wines are gaining attention around the country.
Their Pinots are front and centre, and are in hot demand from Pinot lovers looking for value.
The ‘Ilex’ is their entry level Pinot, and always punches well above its weight in terms of price. It’s just a really likeable wine. Not overly complex or structural, but fresh, fruit-forward and extremely more-ish.
Top value Pinot from a Tassie rising star!
What It Tastes Like
“This fresh, lively and aromatic Pinot shows lovely lifted strawberry, dark cherry and spice characters on the nose. These aromatics carry through to the palate which has fine, soft tannin, lovely bright fruit and juicy acidity. This is a gorgeously light Tasmanian Pinot Noir which is perfect drinking at any time.” - Holm Oak
2014 vintage: 90 points. “From the Blustery Banks Vineyard on the northwest coast; destemmed, open-fermented, hand-plunged, mlf in tank (no oak), made in early drinking style. Light and clear crimson, Holm Oak has resisted the temptation to leave some residual sugar on the table, and succeeds brilliantly in its aim.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Winemaking Notes This Pinot made to be a lighter more fruit driven style of Pinot. To achieve this we have picked the fruit at moderate sugar levels when the fruit is displaying lovely fresh strawberry and cherry characters. The fruit is then de-stemmed and fermented in large open top fermenters which were hand plunged. Specific yeasts which are known to enhance fruit aromatics are used to conduct the ferment. Following fermentation the wine underwent MLF in tank prior to being bottled.
Tasting Notes This fresh, lively and aromatic Pinot shows lovely lifted strawberry, dark cherry and spice characters on the nose. These aromatics carry through to the palate which has fine, soft tannin, lovely bright fruit and juicy acidity. This is a gorgeously light Tasmanian Pinot Noir which is perfect drinking at any time.
Food Match The ‘Ilex’ Pinot has lovely fresh fruit aromas and juicy acidity. It is a lighter style of Pinot, but has enough intensity to match well with the smoked salmon. The acidity in the wine balances well with the oiliness of the fish.
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Led by the husband and wife team of Rebecca Wilson and Tim Duffy (winemaker and viticulturist respectively), Holm Oak produce truly hand crafted, minimally intervened with, single vineyard wines that are gaining attention and praise around the country.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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