The Holm Oak team has been crafting luscious expressions of cool-climate Tassie wines for more than 10 years – and the winery has gone from strength to strength. Bec is winemaker. With 18 years experience gained in Australia and the US, she is well and truly ensconced in her winery domain. Tim is viticulturist, a third-generational grape grower and an agronomist with extensive viticultural experience.
Wild-yeast fermented in small open top fermenters, 10 months ageing in French oak, 25% new. Shows typically cool climate pinot characters of sappy spice and twiggy undergrowth but it has a sense of ripeness as well. The cherry flavours are towards being sweet-fruited and there's a suggestion of strawberry. A touch of cedary oak fits in nicely. A lovely wine. Drink to: 2028; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: December 2019; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
Pinot noir from the Tamar Valley. It's in good form. Twig and spice notes aplenty but with a run of sweet, almost candied fruit. Red cherries, strawberries, toffee apples and cedar. Polished release. Finishes well. Everything in good order. Tasted: October 2019; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $35.00; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2025+; Rated: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Light floral aromas of raspberries, cherries and five spice over notes of minerals and graphite. Long and supple, a juicy presence of small forest berries, cherries and smoky oak overlies a fine, pliant spine. It should flesh out nicely. Jeremy Oliver
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