Reviews

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."