Reviews

2015 Pinot Noir

Ned Goodwin, Wine Companion

97 Points

"Sumptuous red and blue fruit flavours are seasoned with a sprinkle of 5% whole cluster, adding a dimension of five-spice and clove to the flow. The oak is impeccably integrated. imbuing a creamy edge as the fruit skirts effortlessly across it. This never slips into excessive sweetness. All class. Screwcap. 12.7% alc. Rating 97 To 2026 NG"

Mike Bennie, Winefront

94 Points

"A winery that hit the ground running. One could even say they hit the ground at a full gallop. Spicy, pepper, red currants and cranberry, leaner spectrum but fine. Palate way softer, spreads well but webbed in fine tannins, refreshing acidity, cherry fruitiness, amaro finish. So sleek and fine. Soft,. Beautiful."

2015 Chardonnay

Mike Bennie, Winefront

94 Points

"A young, dynamic Tasmanian couple who have aced their grape growing and now shifted attention to winemaking. They planted chardonnay to early ripening clones in 2010, and this is their first release. Fermented in various oak vessels and left to mature for a year or so then settled in stainless steel for three months before bottling. What a stellar release. Run, don’t walk. Tight, fine, tense, wonderful chardonnay. Taut and crisp. All flint and quartz, so flighty and fine. Sniff of sea spray, lick of saline character in the pure, lacy flow of green apply-grapefruit flavours. Electric acidity. Exceptional length. Has pure class written all over it. A modern incarnation of chardonnay with grape flavour at its core. Beautifully done."

Ned Goodwin, Wine Companion

93 Points

2014 Pinot Noir

Campbell Mattinson, Winefront

93+ Points

"The 2013 release from this Huon Valley-based star-in-the-making was a ripper of a wine. This 2014 release - wild yeast, unfined - continues the run. The fruit feels incredibly pure and yet there's ample undergrowthy character too. That's a combination for you. Reductive characters add a minerally edge; woodsmoke and glossy oak keeps the feeling of polish high. But it's the fruit - cherried, boysenberried, almost plummy - that sets the tone, and drives the quality. This still seems incredibly young and fresh; it has a tang that seems almost raw. It's gorgeous drinking."

2013 Pinot Noir

Campbell Mattinson, Winefront

95 Points

"We have here a new star in the making. Pinot noir from the Huon Valley. For the story of the vineyard click here. The wine itself sees 10% whole bunches, wild yeast, and is bottled unfined. It’s the handiwork of Paul and Gilli Lipscombe. Snooze, you lose. This wine will fly. It deserves to. I’ve never met Paul or Gilli but I could tell as soon as I twisted the cap: these are not average wine folk, and this is not your average wine endeavour. 400 dozen.This is the first release. Imagine the joy of Paul and Gilli when their first wine started to form and grow. There must have been high excitement. The wine announces its quality in unequivocal fashion. It’s perfumed, spicy, savoury and sweet; it won’t be pigeonholed. It stands on feet of firm tannin and acidity; upright; confident. It offers boysenberry, cranberry and sweet red cherry. Undergrowth. Herbs. Smoky reduction. It’s tangy but it’s also silken. Its complexity is like old money; so inherent, it seems simple. The finish soars. As everything about the wine predicted it would. The rush. The inevitability. The quality."

Julia Harding, Jancis Robinson

17/20

"Made by Paul and Gilli Lipscombe. Wild yeast, 10% whole bunches. Unfined. Lightly stalky nose and palate, very sweet strawberry fruit but the fresh acidity and slight peppery character (presumably from the stalks), means it is not overly sweet. In fact that stalky character gives a savoury flavour rather than a herbaceous character. Very fine texture, extremely supple, delicate but sustained. So elegant. Delicious in its light fragrance and sweet fruitedness. (JH)

Winsor Dobbin, The Examiner

"This is like a stripped-back Lamborghini roadster. All the essentials; nothing superfluous. It is an attractive, beautifully structured pinot from one of the coolest vineyards in the state (at Cradoc in the Huon Valley). This is the first commercial vintage (tiny amounts were made in 2012) and it is delightfully aromatic, medium-bodied with dense fruit, hints of mushroom and forest floor, along with well-integrated oak and bright acid. A dashing debut."