2022 Rivulet Glaziers Bay Pinot Noir

Cracking southern Tasmanian Pinot Noir from rising star Kiera O'Brien.
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This is a gorgeous Tasmanian Pinot made with gentle hands by Keira O'Brien.

The fruit was grown on one of Southern Tasmania's oldest vineyards, the Elsewhere vineyard in the Huon Valley.

The inclusion of 25% whole bunches lends a lovely spice and architecture to this release. It's cool, calm and composed, just the barest seasoning of new oak letting the fruit shine its best from the first glass.

This is a very exciting release for O'Brien and Rivulet. We loved it. One of our favourite Tasmanian Pinots we've seen in some months. Small stocks available for a limited time.

"This is bang on too. It’s a ripper. It has a sordid complexity and yet it also feels fresh, eager and fruit-driven... It’s a gorgeous wine and again, while it will mature well, it’s already singing a beautiful song."
- 95 pts, Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

A welcome return to working with the exceptional fruit from the very special Elsewhere Vineyard in Tasmania’s far south, located between Cygnet and Huonville in the Huon Valley. Elsewhere is where it all began in the Huon Valley and was its first commercial vineyard, established in 1982. Restored to its former glory and tended with meticulous attention to detail by Owen and Eve Knight.

114/115 clone Pinot Noir taken from 22 year old vines, unirrigated and deeply rooted in black cracking clay soils. From the Home block at Elsewhere Vineyard.

Handpicked and fermented in an open fermenter, with 25% whole bunches with whole berries destemmed over the top allowing for partial carbonic fermentation. Cold soaked for 6 days before fermentation with gentle pump overs. 22 days on skins and racked to French oak barriques and hogsheads for eleven months maturation on fine lees, with 16% new oak. Unfined.

95 points - "This is bang on too. It’s a ripper. It has a sordid complexity and yet it also feels fresh, eager and fruit-driven. It’s the finish though that really seals it; it just has that extra fan to it. Dark cherries, roasted meats, undergrowth and cedar, with suggestions of mineral to the tannin. It’s a gorgeous wine and again, while it will mature well, it’s already singing a beautiful song." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

95 points - "Pinot noir sourced from the Elsewhere vineyard, between Cygnet and Huonville in the Huon Valley; 25% whole bunches, matured for 11 months in French oak (16% new). Phwoar ... this smells great. Red cherries, raspberries and cranberry notes are supported by hints of exotic spice, amaro herbs, washed rind cheese, Peking duck, undergrowth and mushrooms. It's vivid and detailed with pure fruit and an enchanting gamey, wild side, stony fine tannins and a sapid acid pulse. A great release from Keira O'Brien." - Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion)

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    Gorgeous Huon Valley pinot noir

    There's a distinct bouquet and taste to Huon Valley (south of Hobart) Pinot Noirs and this is no exception. Beautiful fruit, with just enough of the 'pinot pong' (as my wife so eloquently puts it!) to remind us that this is truly a Tasmanian pinot from the south. Fruit sourced from the very well established Elsewhere Vineyard, which is one of the first vineyards planted in The Huon and has for a long time produced beautiful Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.

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Rivulet

Rivulet Wines is the brand of winemaker Keira O'Brien, who decided to create her own label after having worked for other Tasmanian wineries. Her desire is to work with special parcels of fruit and have a "playful" attitude towards the winemaking, only releasing very small quantities of wine in the process; which is fitting as "rivulet" means a small stream of water".

O'Brien likes to make wines "with texture, precision and purity in mind", and she crafts them from well-known varieties such as Pinot Noir and Riesling, as well as rarer ones such as Sylvaner and Siegerrebe.

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