* Nick Stock, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Oct/Nov 2014
It’s a complex, layered and youthful pinot that has plenty of modern reductive meaty character on the nose, clear and toasty oak, darker spices and a wealth of red and dark cherry fruit strapped in below. There’s gentle herbal notes here, too. The palate has clarity and brightness, acidity is a feature, framed in layers of supple yet muscular flesh and ripe, long tannins. But the real joy here is the space created in this wine. It’s very complex with plenty going on, bunt nothing lost in the mix. It speaks of an experienced winemaker who understands the essence of great pinot noir.
* Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com August 2014
Ranked #1 of 23 2013 Pinot Noir tasted from Tasmania
Bright, medium to full red/purple colour, and a meaty, smoky oak bouquet. The wine is bold and fairly straightforward, primary and youthful at this stage, with deliciously bright, deep, cherry fruit flavour dominating the palate. It’s still a baby and will be better in a year or two. It also may respond to decanting. It’s a little oaky right now and improves with airing in the glass.
93 Points; 2016-2022
* James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2015 ed.
***** Winery rating
Has the Dijon clones 777, 114 and 115, and MV6; around 25% whole bunches, an 8 day cold soak, wild yeast fermentation; after 15 days on skins pressed to French puncheons (30% new), the final stages of fermentation completed in barrel, where it remained 11 months. The perfect colour (hue and clarity) is a clue to the bouquet, with bright red fruits to stem and forest notes, the palate is picking up those markers and translating them into a perfectly proportioned and balanced wine; while the primary accent is on varietal fruit there is both a flavour and textural play from the fermentation methods and the oak, together providing silky tannins. 333 dozen made. Screwcap. 13.5% alc.
96 Points; 2014-2023
* Jeremy Pringle, Freelance, July 28 2014
A different expression of the Huon Valley’s Isle Vineyard and one which tops Jim Chatto’s previous release in my opinion.
More body and intensity while leaning further into the savoury, wild spectrum. Exhibits a great deal of complexity. Deep cherry and redcurrant fruits, sarsaparilla root, orange peel and tea-leaf. Some darker briary notes. It’s a substantial Pinot yet agile through its line. Girdled with tannin too, far more so than its predecessor. Stalky, herbal tweaks on a distinguished finish. Impressive with the architecture and balance to see it stand the test of time.