2010 Holyman Project X Pinot Noir

Holyman Project X

Ben Edwards

JAMES HALLIDAYS WINE COMPANION MAGAZINE / AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2013

"MY 20 GREAT REDS"

As is often the case for single vineyard wines, production numbers are invariably minuscule as is the fact for this challenging, yet thoroughly intriguing and ultimately satisfying wine from Joe Holyman.  Lifted on the bouquet and maybe a little too much for some, the vine sap, cold tea and Asian spices from the 100 per cent whole bunch aromas are beautifully offset by pure red and black cherry aromas.  Silky texture is the key to the palate, with fine-grained tannins a feature on the long, expansive and muscular finish.

Gary Walsh

THE wINE FRONT / APRIL 2013

Plenty of pepper and spicy oak – flagrant fragrance – low key red and black cherry, though mainly raspberry, along with mint and foresty notes. It’s light to medium bodied, lithe, tense and very serious, with firm sappy acidity, emery board tannin and a pleasing sense of ‘minerality’ throughout – likely from all that whole bunch. Abundant structure on a seemingly light base, yet the fruit seems to cope with its strict treatment. Spicy and firm on the finish and pretty long with it. Hard to read now, though clear enough it’s not a wine for easy youthful drinking. Cellar it and I suspect it will love you back.

95pts | Drink 2017 to 2025