98 Points - James Halliday
Sinapius (sin-ay-pi-us) Vineyard is in the heart of the Pipers Brook wine region in Northern Tasmania, above the banks of the Pipers Brook. The vineyard, formerly known as Golders Vineyard, was purchased By Vaughn Dell and Linda Morice in 2005. Both had previously spent time studying and working in the Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and Margaret River and dreamt of returning home to Tasmania to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Tragically, Vaughn Dell passed away suddenly in May 2020 at the age of 39, leaving behind wife Linda and daughters Esmé and Clementine. Long remembered as a devoted family man and one of Australia's brightest winemaking talents, his legacy lives on in the extraordinary quality, limited production wines of Sinapius.
"98 Points. It offers a garden of spices alongside almost casual purity of varietal fruit. But the core of this great pinot is its mouthfeel and length, created by the stealth of its oh-so-fine yet persistent tannins. There's no bombast here, just infinite class. Drink to: 2038; Price: $55.00; Alcohol: 13.5%"- James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine.
"Estate grown from our two high density (7700-11,111 vines per hectare) blocks, planted on volcanic soils, comprising of 12 different Pinot Noir clones. The grapes were hand-picked and gently destemmed. 100% whole berry fermentation for 3 weeks before pressing and maturing on full lees for 18 months in French oak barriques (20% new). Unfined and unfiltered, to retain full expression of our vineyard, this wine was bottled in November 2019. On the nose, this wine is brimming with dark red fruits, sous bois and graphite. The palate is long with intense red fruits, dark berries, cured meats and blood plums, interwoven with, fragrant cloves, fine spice and wonderful minerality. The chalky, mouth coating tannins are fine, and persistent. A powerful wine with great length and tension and weight, that can be enjoyed now, and will also reward careful cellaring." - Sinapius Wines
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