95 Points - Gary Walsh | Very Limited Stocks
Holyman is the flagship label of the Stoney Rise winery in the heart of the Tamar Valley. Stoney Rise is owned and operated by Joe and Lou Holyman who are building a reputation for making some of Tasmania's best Pinots.
The 2021 Holyman Pinot Noir is another top-line example of Tassie Pinot Noir produced from 100% estate-grown grapes planted in 1986. Red cherries and spicy oak on the nose with some cassis and forest floor showing on the palate. The tannins are initially quite subtle but build in the mouth. The usual structure and mouthfeel back this up and help to give the wine its long finish.
"95 Points. 75% whole bunch. 30% new oak. These Holyman Pinots are a little different to your average Australian examples, in that they are very restrained, and specifically made to age well. Red cherry, boysenberry, fine pencil and graphite oak, a little spice, some rosy perfume. Light to medium-bodied, cranberry crunch to acidity, powdery firm tannin, a brisk long finish of fragrance and spice. Tight. Needs time. Will roll out beautifully with bottle age"- Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
"As always the Holyman Pinot comes from a block of old vines called Jack. Slightly higher than normal at 75% whole bunch due to the season, and we use 30% new French oak Barriques. The fruit is hand picked and our well trained pickers do all our fruit sorting in the vineyard. After 7 days of cold soak the wine is naturally fermented and no additions are made except for Sulphur as a preservative. Light in colour, but full of flavour. Typical forest floor and hints cranberry and red cherry. The palate has all the hallmark red-fruits, hints of mushroom and a complexing smoky oak edge. The beautiful, chalky tannin from the whole bunch component perfectly complement the fresh fruits. Whislt this wine is slightly more fruit forward than our usual style we still think this wine is built to last. It was bottled without being fined or filtered." - Lou and Joe Holyman.
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