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.
If the wine didn't come from Tasmania, you'd be transfixed by its vivid hue and clarity, likewise the brightness and purity of its aromas and flavours, built within a citadel of dark cherry and satsuma plum, the certainty of spices and flowers around the corner. A very, very seductive pinot. Drink to: 2032; Price: $55.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2019; Alcohol: 12%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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