2012 Holyman Pinot Noir

2010 Holyman Pinot Noir

Gary Walsh

THE WINEFRONT / NOVEMBER 2013

I'd argue this comes from one of the best Pinot sites in the country, from one of the best Pinot winemakers.

Dark cherry, red berry, perfume, spice, a handful of rose petals, konbu and gentle creamy oak. Medium bodied, superb texture with a fine lacy spread of mouth saturating, yet gentle, tannin, carried long by clean mineral acidity, culminating in a finish that unfurls and leaves you wanting more. Perfect balance between fruit weight and structure here.

What a wine! If you find a better Pinot Noir grown in this hemisphere, be sure to let me know.

96pts | Drink to 2028


James Halliday

TOP 100 WINES - WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN MAGAZINE / 17TH NOVEMBER 2013

Vivid, clear purple-crimson; red and black cherries of every description fill the bouquet, leaving just enough room for the plum that gains more traction on the exceptionally rich, embroidered palate; fine tannins, acidity and French oak all frame the fruit and stop any fruit bomb description in its tracks.

97pts | Drink to 2025


Nick Stock

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE MAGAZINE / AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2013

As part of the recent Savour Tasmania event, I hosted a suite of pinot tastings with wines from Australia, New Zealand and Burgundy in various comparative formats.  The most interesting tasting was an all-Tasmania affair that presented two very strong vintages, 2010 and 2012, from leading producers side-by-side.  The pedigree of 2010 is well established, but 2012 looks to be shaping up as equally good, if not slightly better.

One of the most impressive wines of the tasting was the 2012 Holyman Pinot Noir from the Tamar Valley.  Joe Holyman has certainly arrived as one of Tasmania's outstanding pinot noir makers.  It is complex and crammed with vibrant red cherry and cassis fruit some spiced oak nuances, rosehip and subtle bracken.  The palate sets up a frame of supple tannins that build in succulent form.  It shows both weight and density with elegance and plush texture; an iron fist slipped neatly into a cherry-red velvet glove.