The Holyman family had been involved in vineyards in Tasmania for 20 years, but Joe Holyman's career in the wine industry, first as a sales rep, then as a wine buyer, and more recently working in wineries in NZ, Portugal, France, Mount Benson and Coonawarra, gave him an exceptionally broad-based understanding of wine. In 2004 Joe and wife Lou purchased the former Rotherhythe Vineyard, which had been established in 1986, and set about restoring it to its former glory. There are two ranges: the Stoney Rise wines, focusing on fruit and early drinkability, and the Holyman wines, with more structure, more new oak and the best grapes, here the focus on length and potential longevity.
Raspberry and cherry, pencils and roses, dusting of sweet spice. Medium bodied, juiciness of fruit, a little graphite tannin, ‘minerally’ acidity, lovely polish and freshness, with a fine long finish. It’s perhaps the not the most concentrated, but has a charm and delicacy that pulls you in. A few years in the cellar will see it come along nicely, I feel. Tasted: Oct 17; Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $55; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2030; Rated: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Bright cherry red with a pale hue. Lovely, pristine red fruit - redcurrant, alpine strawberry, cherry and perhaps pomegranate. Oak is a player on the palate adding both spice and grainy tannins, and leaving a chalky aftertaste. Will doubtless evolve well over time given its inherent depth of fruit and structure. Drink to: 2026; Price: $55.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2018; Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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