I have said it before, and I will say it again: the 2019 harvest will go down as one of the best. A beautifully balanced growing season led to an easy harvest of pristine fruit.
As usual this fruit comes from our .75Ha block of 34 year old Chardonnay. Pressed straight to 100% new oak 500 litre Puncheons for ferment and maturation. Once the natural ferment begins we stir the barrels twice a day to keep the lees suspended and moving around in the ferment. It spends 9 months in oak and is then racked and bottled.
A hint of struck match and grapefruit on the nose. The palate is lean and refreshing, but there is underlying power and structure which will develop with time. Hints of oak and some almond on the palate but the finish is long and structured, finishing with our signature fresh natural acidity. It’s the Coche-Dury of Tasmania - Importer's Note.
“Who needs Joe Exotic when you can visit Joe Holyman instead, that is, if anyone were allowed into Tasmania.
Flowers, lime, white peach, a little stuck match, fennel tips, and attractive cinnamon and almond oak. Good energy present in the wine, with a lively crunch and flinty texture, almond meal and green olive, finish is long and tight, with a gentle grapefruit pith bitterness as it goes. Perhaps a little finer and tighter this vintage, but none the worse for that.” 96 points Gary Walsh The Wine Front 20th August 2020