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2015 Holm Oak Tasmanian Pinot Noir
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.now to 2025+The Wine Front