Wednesday 29 December 2021

Yes Miss 2021 Pinot Noir


This new release marks the winemaking debut of 16-year-old Oscar Holyman, son of Joe and Lou Holyman from Stoney Rise in the Tamar Valley. Oscar was being home schooled by his mother during a Covid lockdown and called her Miss Holyman. He convinced his Dad to buy in a tonne of grapes to start his business and he's off to a great start with a vibrant, fresh and coherent young pinot that was made from destemmed fruit and spent four months in older oak before being released a couple of weeks back. Oscar has made winemaking look easy. Medium-bodied, wild berries and spice notes; food friendly and very drinkable. For sale at cellar door. $40.     

Wednesday 15 December 2021

Craigie Knowe 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon


The warmer east coast of Tasmania is one of a handful regions on the island state where cabernet sauvignon and its fellow Bordeaux varieties will reliable ripen. This brand new release uses fruit sourced from the 40+-year-old Craigie Knowe vineyard on the Freycinet Coast and would be a very amiable companion for a Christmas turkey. Cabernet has been blended with small amounts of cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot to produce a very stylish medium-bodied red wine with dark berry fruits aided and abetted by maturation in French oak. Nice tannin structure as well $53. 

Thursday 9 December 2021

Devil's Corner 2019 Resolution Pinot Noir

So you like your pinot noir with a combination of macho swagger and suave style? You've come to the right place. The Resolution range is the middle range of wines from Devil's Corner, owned by Brown Brothers and a perennial provider of good-value wines from Tasmania. Made from fruit grown on the Hazards vineyard - next to the cellar door, this has plenty of power, allied to dark cherry and spice notes and length on the palate. On the gruntier end of the scale when it comes to Tassie pinot, but still very classy. $35.