From the 2019 vintage comes a pair of new wines from Sailor Seeks Horse. After their Huon Valley vineyard was shrouded in bushfire smoke for a month, the entire vintage looked like a write off for Paul and Gilli Lipscombe. But out of adversity came One Monkey, a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir made with fruit sourced from around Tasmania; places as far afield as the Coal River Valley, Pipers River and Devonport. One Monkey is the name of a Gillian Welch song, with the line ‘one monkey don’t stop the show’, an ode to persistence.
The vineyards we sourced Chardonnay from in 2019 were Ghost Rock (23%), Tolpuddle (30%) and Clover Hill (47%) with two Burgundy clones (95 and 76).
The wine was whole-bunch pressed to a mixture of barriques, hogsheads and a puncheon with a small amount of new oak. It was then barrel-fermented with some parts going through malolactic fermentation. After sulphuring and being left on full lees for a year, the wine was filtered but unfined and we produced about 3300 bottles.
"A beautifully delicate and complex Chardonnay that doesn't hit you over the head with weight, rather Paul's deft touch is revealed in it's abundance of subtleties. A lovely, tangy line of acid coalesces with a waxy, almost slippery textured mid palate. Aromatically, there's an initial waft of grass that develops into fresh green apples which are matched on the palate with a considered touch of white spice. A fantastic first time Tasmanian blend from one of our favourite producers in the Apple Isle." Jeremy Muller, FWC.