Sinapius (sin-ay-pi-us) Vineyard is in the heart of the Pipers Brook wine region in Northern Tasmania, above the banks of the Pipers Brook. The vineyard, formerly known as Golders Vineyard, was purchased By Vaughn Dell and Linda Morice in 2005. Both have spent time studying and working in the Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and Margaret River and dreamt of returning home to Tasmania to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in what they believe is the premier location in Australasia. In order to maintain the highest quality, they aim to cap production at a maximum of 1,000 cases, from three hectares of close planted vineyard.
Sinapius is a grand journey in the making but it's a journey that will now be continued without Vaughn Dell, who died suddenly and tragically last month. He was just 39. If you want your heart broken go to the ‘about' page of the Sinapius website and see the picture of a young family on the down side of a hill with it all before them, the sun on their shoulders. Campbell Mattinson in The Wine Front
This is a tight-knit wine from a tight-knit patch. It’s perfumed and berried, graphite-riven and smoked, herb-whispered in part and cedar-planked in others. It’s caged by big ribs of tannin, is full of muscle and vigor, is young, is quality. Maybe a touch too much oak shows right now but it’s so young, so bold, so good that it won’t and doesn’t matter. I never met him but I’ll bet Vaughn loved the length of this. It beats on and on. Tasted: June 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $55; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2030+; Rated: 94 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Twelve clones; a lengthy whole-berry ferment. It offers a garden of spices alongside almost casual purity of varietal fruit. But the core of this great pinot is its mouthfeel and length, created by the stealth of its oh-so-fine yet persistent tannins. There's no bombast here, just infinite class. Drink to: 2038; Price: $55.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 98 Points; James Halliday; The Weekend Australian
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