2009 Holyman Pinot Noir

2009 Holyman Pinot Noir

Jane Faulkner

The Saturday Age / 14 April 2012

Tasmania produces some of the best pinot noir in the country and this top label from Stoney Rise is a real beauty. Named after winemaker Joe Holyman and his wife, Lou, it is a layered and incredibly fragrant, medium-bodied pinot with ripe fruit laced with spice and some mocha smoky note, round, soft tannins and good acidity. Though it's not a long term proposition, it will develop during the next five years. A big glass now with Peking duck is a mighty fine combo.

Gary Walsh

The Wine Front / 8 August 2011

Some peppermint and forest, spice, cherries red and black along with some tobacco/earth. Oak is present, but high of quality, and expertly applied. Medium bodied with good fruit weight and firm tannin and, importantly, has a pleasing dryness and non-candied flavour profile. Particularly enjoy its shape and authoritative tannin grip on the finish - pushing and extending through the mouth rather than whimpering away. Excellent, and of a style I really enjoy.

Patrick Haddock


This is cerebral stuff, a little whole bunch action methinks as this is complex Pinot that desires your attention and shows a structure that is profound. Black cherry, violets, strawberry, rose petals, smoky plum and mushroom all congregate on the nose and reappear on the palate. It's tightly coiled but delivers a wealth of fruit and spice intensity.

There's a lovely hint of raspberry pips, cumin and cracked white pepper on the palate, richly textured it glides down with the utmost ease while tight acids ensure it will cellar well in the long term. A purists Pinot with a wealth of attraction, it kept me rapt with its chameleon like ability to keep transforming in the glass.

James Halliday

"Strong purple-red; ripe, rich plum fruit bouquet and palate; harmonious, well-balanced wine; good length."

94 pts