Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir 2016

I first met Paul and Gilly Lipscombe on a cold September morning three years ago in the Huon Valley. I had no idea who they were – the appointment was arrange by Jim Chatto as they managed his Chatto Pinot vineyard in the Huon Valley. While my best mate reminded me why I don’t take non-trade on trade visits by trying to discreetly suffer through his hangover behind the shed, as we got to talking Paul casually mentioned he had his own vineyard – he took us to visit the small abandoned vineyard he and Gilly discovered and have lovingly brought to life. Listening to them speak about the Huon Valley is enlightening. They have firmly set roots in the area and are completely immersed in the viticulture and lay of the land: winemaker at Home Hill, managing Chatto’s Vineyard, and their own venture.

They were good sports about my companion leaving his breakfast behind their shed, and when a week later a sample arrived I was blown away – of course selling an unheard of pinot from the Huon wasn’t easy. Three months later the Home Hill Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2014 won the Jimmy Watson Trophy: we couldn’t get enough Home Hill or Sailor Seeks Horse.

Paul and Gilly are part of the best of the new breed of Tasmanian winemaker. Their wines are international, but in the good way: they speak of a sense of place and an awareness of its importance in great wine. The oak is well judged and the wines simply made with texture, fine acidity and break the mold of Tasmanian wine: that it all tastes the same.

Campbell Mattinson has just released his review, and he sums it up well: Some of Tasmania’s finest. Beautiful

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