There was a handwritten sign on the wall at the Red Velvet Lounge in Cygnet, our local coffee and cake respite from the Tasmanian weather. It said, “Sailor Seeks Horse” and went on to explain that the author had sailed solo around the world and ridden across the US from coast to coast and back again…on a mule. He’d then decided he wanted to travel around Tasmania by horse but didn’t have one. So, was there anyone who would lend him one? If they didn’t have a horse then a pony would do. It was an idea that resonated with us. Here we were, trying to do something a little bit crazy, without much money and requiring a little bit of help to get to where we wanted to be. - Paul & Gilli Lipscombe, winemakers.
From one of the southernmost vineyards in the country – Huon Valley, this is another outstanding release for Paul and Gilli Lipscombe, who took over this run-down vineyard in 2011. Planted in 2005, then abandoned a couple of years later, the new owners have resuscitated the vineyard, planted more Pinot Noir and have made a wine that is utterly beguiling and delicious. It’s a great continuation of style coming off the back of the fantastic 2017 release: turned earth, root vegetable (beetroot), dark forest floor notes, sous bois, and black cherry. It’s more on the savoury spectrum rather than showing excessive fruit-sweetness, which for many people will be a welcome change when it comes to Aussie Pinot. The mouthfeel is gentle yet flavour is maintained very well throughout the length of the wine. There is certainly a lot going on here, which to me suggests that Paul and Gilli have found a very special site in Southern Tasmania that is already producing fruit of a very high quality, while still holding a huge amount of potential for the years ahead. If last year is anything to go by, I am going to need between 6-12 bottles myself to get me through the next few months. – Ches Cook, FWC.