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Joe Holyman is one of the leading lights of Tasmanian wine, and as Gary Walsh put it in his 94 point review of this Pinot, “one of the best, most intuitive winemakers in the country.”
His Stoney Rise Pinot Noir always massively over-delivers, and this 2015 is no exception.
With a wealth of experience from across the global wine scene, Joe along with his wife Lou, have become the proprietors of the old Rotherhythe vineyard in northern Tassie. From a vineyard that needed some serious TLC, they have been producing some top shelf Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for over a decade. This is serious stuff.
The Stoney Rise range, as James Halliday observed, is all about “focusing on fruit and early drinkability”, immediate drinking pleasure is the goal and boy have they nailed it here.
It comes from 50% estate-grown fruit and 50% from Joe’s growers, and it’s a vibrant, refreshing, effortless style of Tassie Pinot. More complexity than you’ll almost ever see for under $30 and just so much, for lack of a better term, smashability!
One of Tasmania’s true bargain Pinots. Fill your boots!
What It Tastes Like
“My goodness, this is just flat out delicious. Juicy red fruits dusted with Asian spices and vanilla florals, cut fennel and sweet fresh picked herbs. It’s light bodied, vibrant and bursting with fresh red fruits and subtle earthy and herbal undertones, pure sparkling crunchy acidity, and ultra-fine sandpaper tannin on the long bright finish provides the final polish. All the fun of the fair, with effortless drinkability.” - Gary Walsh
95 points. “50/50% estate/contract-grown, 5 days cold soak, matured in predominantly used French oak, a small percentage new. Vibrant colour, and a vibrantly juicy wine from start to finish. First up there is a rolling wave of red fruits, then a move to more savoury/spicy territory. The end result is a wine that is beautiful now and will be well into the future.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
94 points. “It’s a bit of a divergence in style for this wine, though none the worse for it. Joe Holyman is one of the best, most intuitive winemakers in the country.
My goodness, this is just flat out delicious. Juicy red fruits dusted with Asian spices and vanilla florals, cut fennel and sweet fresh picked herbs. It’s light bodied, vibrant and bursting with fresh red fruits and subtle earthy and herbal undertones, pure sparkling crunchy acidity, and ultra-fine sandpaper tannin on the long bright finish provides the final polish. All the fun of the fair, with effortless drinkability. If you like a good Cru Beaujolais, then this Tassie Pinot will tickle your fancy.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Our 2015 Stoney Rise Pinot Noir is made up from 50% estate grown fruit and 50% from fruit we purchased from our growers vineyards around the Tamar Valley. The fruit was cold soaked for 5 days before undergoing a natural ferment. Once the ferment was finished the wine was basket pressed into French oak. The majority of the oak was two years old or older, but in some years such as 2015, we used a small percentage of new oak on the best batches. The first thing you notice about this wine is the vitality and freshness of the nose. There are red fruits with touches of cinnamon and herb. The palate is taut and structured. The wine finishes with power and length, and is long with a refreshing acidity. At only 12.5% alcohol we feel this wine will be around for a long time. I dare you to put one in the fridge for an hour before you drink it……
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Joe Holyman is one of Tasmania’s master winemakers. His prowess with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are revered around the country for their intensity, elegance and grace. Through meticulous attention to detail in both the vineyard and the winery the Holyman wines have become a benchmark for all cool-climate winemakers.
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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