2017 Shy Susan Pinot Noir


Small batch premium Pinot Noir from James Halliday's Best New Winery for 2020. Only 80 dozen made.



About The Wine

Shy Susan has come out of the blocks all guns blazing with a suite of impeccable Tasmanian wines that are garnering huge critical acclaim.

Winemakers Jo Marsh and Glenn James have taken full advantage of the near-perfect growing season in 2017 and crafted a beautiful Pinot Noir here.

The majority of the fruit came from the Coal River Valley, one of the premier Pinot pockets on the Apple Isle. It's silky, seductive and poised. A class act Pinot Noir that will drink wonderfully now and for the next decade plus.

Additional Info

From The Producer

The 2017 season can be considered as close to perfect as you can get for Pinot Noir in Tasmania. Moderate crop, even ripening and low disease pressure The 2017 Pinot Noir is a blend from two mature vineyards in the Coal River Valley (88%) and the Tasman Peninsula (12%) from D2V6, MV6, and D2V5 clones.

Hand harvested fruit was handled using a variety of methods including cold soaking, wild fermentation and whole bunch inclusion with one small parcel being 100% whole bunch inclusion. This was carefully foot stomped at stages during the ferment. Other ferments were gently hand plunged twice per day.

Post fermentation maceration of up to 4 weeks to build the required structure and complexity occurred before basket pressing. Maturation in large format french oak on lees for 16 months prior to blending and bottling.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Glenn James and Jo Marsh
Glenn James and Jo Marsh
Alpine Valleys, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"88% Coal River Valley, 12% Tasmanian Peninsula, hand-picked, various vinification techniques including cold soaking, wild fermentation with a whole bunch inclusion, foot-stomped, lengthy post-ferment maceration. The perfumed bouquet of fruit and forest floor leads into a most attractive palate with a cherry-all-sorts wave of flavours. Pity only 80 dozen made." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Wine Front

"Silken pinot noir. Sweet fruit with an undergrowthy core. Not too heavy, not too light, quite pretty but with gravitas. Feels bunchy at first but then sweet fruit takes over. Feels simultaneously wild and squeaky clean. Stalky tannin. On its way to wonderland." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)


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