“A lovely pinot.” – 95 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
Located in Tamar Valley, Tasmania, Holm Oak’s estate vineyards are steeped in sporting history. In the 1930s, Alexander Patent Racquet Co. selected the site for cultivation of Holm Oak trees, intended for use in the production of tennis racquets.
Sadly, the wood from the Holm Oak trees didn’t meet the standards required by the company. That’s where this story takes a fortuitous turn for the Tasmanian wine industry; grape vines were planted in the rich and fertile land in 1983, making Holm Oak one of the older vineyards in Tasmania.
Several clones of Pinot Noir from many blocks on our Estate vineyard were picked over a three week period. All batches were destemmed and were wild fermented in small open top fermenters. Ferments were hand plunged up to 5 times a day and then pressed to oak upon dryness. The wine underwent MLF in barrel and was then racked back to barrel for further maturation. 25% new French oak was used (the remainder 1 -4 year old barrels) and the wine was matured in these barrels for 10 months..
“Light in colour, but not in energy or drive. Complex spicy foresty notes intermingle with wild strawberry and red cherry aromatics across the bouquet and palate alike, fine, savoury tannins, red fruits and spices in an articulate discussion with no single winner. A lovely pinot.” – 95 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday