The home project of husband and wife team Paul and Gilli Lipscombe, Sailor Seeks Horse is an uncompromising endeavour dedicated to producing benchmark Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Between their engagements fine-tuning the viticulture at Jim Chatto’s Glaziers Bay vineyard and revolutionising the winegrowing at the lauded Home Hill, the pair have been restoring a derelict vineyard on a Huon Valley site of exciting possibility.
There was no pressure to pick until we thought the fruit was exactly where we wanted it and the ripe stems enabled us to use about 15% whole bunches. Wild ferments ticked over happily, we pressed off once the tannins aligned and the wine eased through elevage on full lees. It’s a wine that sits comfortably with the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Pinots from our vineyard – poised, complex and structured.
Pale but attractive scents, rose hip tea, pot pourri, sour cherry, white pepper. Succulent and fine in the palate, understated and reserved flavours, cool acidity, trim tannins and good length. Feels youthful and tight, seamless and long. A lovely wine this. Tasted: Jan 19; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $55; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2030; Rated: 93+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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