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.
Spice, coffee grounds, cherry and raspberry, stoney things. Light bodied, some sourness and tang to the flavour profile, though a fair volume of red fruit is there too, in with some earthy character. Tannin is light and grainy, and the finish is fresh and ‘mineral’. A more bony style, but good fresh drinking. Tasted: Sept 18; Alcohol: 12%; Price: $32; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2026; Rated: 92 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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