Wines of the Month
October 2020 Releases: 2013 Tickleback Ridge Estate Pinot Noir $30 & 2018 Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir $55
2013 Tickleback Ridge Estate $30
Tickleback Ridge Estate is a 2.0 hectare vineyard located at Conningham in the picturesque dEntrecasteaux Channel region of southern Tasmania. Viticulturalist Brett Andrews owns and manages the property alongside artist Laura Purcell. The 2013 Ticleback Ridge Estate Pinot Noir was made at Kilbowie Wines winery by Peter Shields. Tasting notes: Colour: Dark Burgundy Red Nose: Powerful aromas of ripe black cherries and dried fruits, with notes of vanilla, and charry French oak. Palate: Rich fruit flavours of stewed strawberry, black cherries, dried fruits, cloves and cinnamon spice, finishing with rich, ripe tannins. This wine is drinking superbly well now. We do not think it will improve, but it will hold well for 2-3 years. We recommend you drink it when you next have a barbeque.
2018 Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir $55
Sailor Seeks Horse vineyard is located at Cradoc in the Huon Valley, the coolest wine region in Australia. The vineyard sits right on the edge of viticultural possibility, and is owned and managed by winemakers Paul & Gilli Lipscombe. Their belief is that great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are made on that edge, where the risks are high but the rewards even higher. The fruit is usually picked in the latter half of April, which is late even for Tasmania but the long, mild days of autumn and the cold nights ensure they achieve flavour ripeness at low alcohol levels and retain the essence of all long-lived Pinot Noir, acidity. The Pinot Noirs they love display a delicate balance between red and dark fruits, high-toned aromatics, layered depth and verve. It’s something they hope to achieve in their Pinots and is a combination of site and sensitive winemaking. Picking dates are intrinsic to obtaining the energy they look for in their wines - pick too early and you lack the delicious component, pick too late and you lose the moreish part. It’s a cliché but it’s all about balance. Their winemaking philosophy is pretty simple. Listen to the fruit and let it guide you. 2018 then...while the rest of Australia complained that it was too hot in 2018, down here in the Huon we were basking in a warmer-than-normal but much less stressful growing season. In fact, the only problem was the proliferation of European wasps which meant a lot of early evenings hacking through the bush trying to find their nests. There was a slight anomaly in that budburst was a month later than usual (quite worrying in the coolest wine region of Australia) yet we began picking earlier than ever (29th March). There was a remarkable evenness to the fruit that came in, with generous fruit weight and lovely tannin ripeness. It was the first year we have had where all the seeds were brown and crunchy. Stems were also nicely lignified and we were able to use up to 30% whole bunch in some batches and overall used about 15%. Ferments kicked off wild early and happily ticked over until we pressed off straight to barrel. Elevage was slightly longer than normal at about 14 months. There is a bit more density in the 2018 Pinot Noir - denser fruit and denser structure. It is built for the long-haul but delicious drinking now.
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