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Tasmania is churning out some of the country's best Pinot Noirs at the moment.
Here are six of our favourites from some of Tasmania's finest producers.
2016 Small Island Black Label Pinot Noir
There is plenty of buzz around Small Island Wines. James Halliday wrote, "It looks very much like a potential acorn to oak story, for the quality of the wines is seriously good." after trying only the first release from 2015 made by James Broinowski.
This is a hot proposition for those who are always interested to try the 'next big thing'. His is a star on the rise.
This is Pinot Noir delivered with effortlessness.
It's light and crunchy, perfectly balanced, and wonderfully complex. Simply a delight to drink and a must try for lovers of Pinot from across the Bass Straight.Read more about 2016 Small Island Black Label Pinot Noir
2017 Mewstone Pinot Noir
A gorgeous view from amongst the Pinot Noir vines on the Mewstone vineyard. The vineyard overlooks the D’Entrecasteux Channel in southern Tasmania, where temperatures on the north-facing slope that are moderated by the proximity to the ocean.
It's a prime spot for Jonathan Hughes to craft high-quality Pinot Noir. His 2017 release is excellent. The fruit picked on the knife edge of ripeness but with crunchy acidity as a backbone. A Pinot of full body and flavour with polish and precision in spades. It's a stellar release.
A more balanced and refined rendition of Pinot from Jonny in 2017, as he said, "we ended up with lots of flavour at very low alcohols which is great."
Tassie Pinot fans should be lining up for this release, the wines from Mewstone are quickly becoming some of the most sought after in the Huon Valley.Read more about 2017 Mewstone Pinot Noir
2016 Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir
Paul and Gilli Lipscombe are doing some fantastic work from their small vineyard planting in the Huon Valley.
Their 2016 Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir is a masterclass in controlled power and elegance. They strive for balance in the vineyard which makes the work in the winery minimal.
The 2016 is an excellent release. A warmer season right across Tasmania, this small batch premium Pinot Noir is one of their best releases to date.
With a very strong 95 point recommendation from Campbell Mattinson, this will be one of the region's most sought-after releases of the year.Read more about 2016 Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir
2016 Holyman Pinot Noir
Joe Holyman has been described as "one of Tasmania's outstanding pinot noir makers." by Nick Stock and many others.
He is the custodian of one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in Tasmania and he knows his fruit very, very well. This is one of the best vintages in his long history.
The 2016 saw 55% whole bunches during ferment and 30% new French oak barrels for maturation. It's a class wine with all the Holyman hallmarks: power, poise, structure and depth.
True connoisseurs of Tassie Pinot should load up, this is exceptional stuff.Read more about 2016 Holyman Pinot Noir
2017 Pooley Cooinda Vale Pinot Noir
From one of the rising star vineyards of Tasmania and a superstar production team comes this effortlessly pure Pinot Noir.
Winemaker Anna Pooley is carving out a name for herself through consistently producing exceptional single site wines from the vineyards under her control. This Pinot Noir from Cooinda Vale is just one more notch on her well-notched belt. 2017 was close to a perfect vintage in the region, unsurprisingly a balanced wine of impressive concentration and elegance has been produced by Anna.
It's lithe in frame, supple yet powerful.
A beguiling style of Pinot Noir for enthusiasts of Pinot Noir from TasmaniaRead more about 2017 Pooley Cooinda Vale Pinot Noir
2016 Meadowbank Pinot Noir
Campbell Mattinson once wrote, "Meadowbank’s vineyard is one of the most important in Tasmanian wine..." There's an exciting new development for this great site, talented and accomplished winemaker Peter Dredge now bringing the wines from these vines back into the public space.
Dredge has a deft touch with Pinot Noir, combining elements of reductive funk and earth with dazzlingly bright and pure fruit character. This is a smashing Pinot Noir. One to keep a close eye on as Dredge continues to get to know the site.
The 2016 took out the Trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the 2017 Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of the country's most prestigious, and received 94 points from Campbell Mattinson.
Highly recommended for fans of Tasmanian Pinot Noir.Read more about 2016 Meadowbank Pinot Noir