Holyman “Project X” Tasmania Pinot Noir 2013

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The Holyman “Project X” pinots are the top of the range from Joe Holyman’s Stoney Rise vineyard on the west bank of the Tamar River at Gravelly Beach.

Not released every year, and for the 2013 vintage (released 2015) only about 50 cases made.

Here’s what James Suckling had to say, giving it 96 points (www.jamessuckling.com):

“Ripe, peppery and very, very taut and complex, this is an exercise in whole bunches with a lot of dark cherry fruit, orange zest, North African spices and some brassy oak all whirling around. Punchy palate, assertive tannins and a grippy succulent style to it; deep cherry flavours, nice and pure, and the tannins will carry it long – a decade and then some. Drink in 2019.”

RRP of A$90…S$90 here.

I originally promoted this back in November 2015 but having got more than my fair share of the 50 case allocation, I’ve still got some left. They’ve been maturing nicely under temperature control since.

Enjoy!

David Boxall

 

Mayer Yarra Valley Cabernet 2014

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Timo Mayer doesn’t do mainstream. Never has, never will.

He believes that this is the only 100% whole bunch Cabernet made anywhere in the world. But as Halliday says, maybe Timo is the only person who can pull it off.

Richard Hemming from jancisrobinson.com gave it 17.5 points (“superior +” according to their rating scale).

If you’re after the safety of Margaret River or Coonawarra for your cabernets, then maybe this wine is not for you. If you’re happy to venture off the beaten track, give it a go!