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2015 Holm Oak Tasmanian Pinot Noir

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This little Tassie beauty set the Cracka Tasting Panel alight when it came through a few weeks ago. Could easily, easily sell at twice the price, but we are NOT complaining... It has everything you want from top notch Tasmanian pinot noir. Nice strong strawberry and cherry hints. Forest floor and a little spice makes for some fabulous complexity, and the overall feel of the wine is really concentrated. Finishes silk smooth. This is premium pinot, at what has to be a highway robery price..

Winemaker's Notes

2015 was quite a warm, mild year with higher yeilds than 2014 due to better fruit set. This resulted in a more fragrant and floral wine than the 2014. We had a lot of different batches of Pinot which we treated in a variety of ways.

The resulting blend is about 10% whole bunch which adds a little stalky, savory complexity and 100% wild fermentation was used to make this wine.

All batches were fermented in small open fermenters which were hand plunged daily. The wine was matured in French oak for 9 months with about 20% of the oak being new oak.

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2015 Holm Oak Tasmanian Pinot Noir

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Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2015 Vintage) says
It’s a curious business reviewing wine. Some days it feels easy, and others less so. Some days, the responsibility of assigning numbers and words weighs heavily, and on others, less so. I don’t take myself too seriously, and I’m sure there’s plenty out there who don’t take me seriously either, but there you go. What am I saying? Not sure. Something along the lines of the burden of accountability, when you are influencing purchasing decisions, and sales and reputation ex winery/importer, in some small way, means money is sometimes wasted/lost or used wisely as a result. And when the expectation I’ve built, matches the experience of the consumer, then I’m happy because I’ve done my job well. The best attributes a wine reviewer can have, to my way of thinking, is consistency and consistency.

This is a finer boned, sappier more perfumed number than the previous couple of vintages, and it takes some time to rise from the glass and build. Raspberry, cherry, spice, a touch of stalkiness and rosy perfume, with a little bit of chocolate in the mix too. Medium bodied, a little nervy, sappy and tart, fine almost silky tannin, juiciness of mixed red berry flavour, plenty of spice and a clean finish of fine length, and gentle bitterness. I suspect popping a few bottles away for a couple of years would bring further rewards.
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