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2016 Sailor Seeks Horse Chardonnay

Huon Valley, TAS

Phenomenal Chardonnay from one of Tasmania's hottest producers.

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About
It’s about the minerality. Length, intensity, structure. We're genuinely thrilled about this wine.

Paul & Gilli Lipscombe, Owner/Winemakers

About the Wine

Sailor Seeks Horse has been one of the breakout Tasmanian producers of the last couple of years. The Liscombes are one of Tasmanian wine's power couples, having taken Home Hill to soaring heights in recent times.

Their own private label is rare as hens teeth and of supreme quality. Grown on their own vineyard in the Huon Valley, this is the second release of their Sailor Seeks Horse Chardonnay.

This is Chardonnay at its most pure and restrained. The wonderful fruit from this blossoming site squarely placed front and centre for all to admire. It's razor sharp, tightly wound and intensely focused. This is serious modern Australian Chardonnay.

About Sailor Seeks Horse

Sailor Seeks Horse is one of Apple Isle's most exciting new producers. The story behind the quirky name is that an adventurer arrived in Tasmania after a jaunt around US on a mule, and places a wanted ad in the local cafe entitled “Sailor Seeks Horse”, attempting to acquire transport in order to explore Van Dieman’s Land. While the adventurer ended up riding around Tassie on a bike, this unconventional and almost poetic story struck a chord with Gilli and Paul Lipscombe. The name of their vineyard was born.

The Lipscombes produce exquisite Pinot Noir and Chardonnay off their estate vineyard, planted by their own hands back in 2005. The wines have a raw energy to them, with a pinpoint balance fruit and savoury spice.  They are released in perilously small amounts and are never around for long.

As Mike Bennie declared with Paul and Gilli's inaugural 2013 Pinot Noir release, "We have here a new star in the making."  Tasmanian Pinot and Chardonnay lovers, don't miss these scintillating wines.

Sailor Seeks Horse winemaking couple, Gilli & Paul Lipscombe
Sailor Seeks Horse winemaking couple, Gilli & Paul Lipscombe
Huon Valley, TAS
Additional Info

From The Producer

Chardonnay runs the gamut of expressions from tight, linear and unadulterated by oak to the big, rich, buttery numbers we see from warmer sites. As we’re in the Huon it’s unlikely we’ll be making the latter anytime soon. We planted four Dijon clones (95, 96, 76 & 277) in two sections of the vineyard over 2 hectares in 2010 where we’d pulled out some Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc – don’t ask...

The idea was to bring some of the best, earlier-ripening, lower-yielding clones to the Huon that would enable us to achieve the flavour, texture and acid components from a cool area that we see in the Chardonnays that we love. Our sandy-loam soils over sandstone and clay, combined with dry-farming and a marginal climate should provide some fascinating wines over the years.

2016 was almost diametrically opposed to the previous season which was a cooler, more restrained and gentle year. The challenges in 2016 revolved around the lack of rainfall and the heat. It was dry. Really dry. And that’s always concerning when you have some reasonable yields and not much leaf area, especially when you’re dry-farmed. However, it also meant that we had natural concentration through small berries and rigorous fruit-thinning. We picked our first Chardonnay fruit on the 2nd April and things couldn’t have been easier in the winery. Stellar fruit, lovely wild ferments and no malolactic fermentation due to the acid balance – a busy but amazing vintage.

Our 2015 Chardonnay was all about the minerality, the salinity and we weren’t sure if this was a vintage or a vineyard thing. The 2016 hints that it might be a vineyard thing. A different season and a slightly different acid structure but again it’s about the minerality. Length, intensity, structure. We're genuinely thrilled about this wine.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12.90%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Paul Lipscombe out for an early vineyard stroll
Paul Lipscombe out for an early vineyard stroll
Huon Valley, TAS
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Wonderful purity of fruit and extension of flavour here, and a little more generosity than last year. Oyster shell minerality, white peach, green apple and grapefruit with a touch of struck match. It's focused and inwardly concentrated, line and length are excellent. Crackling acidity is countered by the gentle spice of oak. Delicious Chardonnay. Should open up beautifully with time. - Different Drop Wine Team

96Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"It feels as though it floats lightly - and brightly - through the palate but the finish is intense. This is a beautiful chardonnay, good now but with better days to come, its flavours of lemon curd and white peach, brine and sweet spice gorgeous to behold." - Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

95Points
The Wine Front

"It’s like a photograph taken in cool early light. The tips of everything are brightly but lightly exposed. It tastes of saline and white peach, lemon curd and sweet spice, crackles of woodsmoke and mineral firing through the finish. At once it’s sharp, taut, nervy and beautiful. Maybe you have to be of a certain mind, but personally I think this is stunning." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

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