Shy Susan 2018's

After working with Tasmanian fruit for nearly two decades Glenn James and his wife, Jo Marsh, have released a range of unique wines from some of Tasmania’s most exciting vineyards. JAMES HALLIDAY

From small parcels of hand selected fruit from Australia’s Apple Isle, Tassie label, come micro-négociant Shy Susan, have released another stellar set of wines. Once again, the quality is high and is it any surprise given the wine-making gravitas from this dynamic duo of Glenn James and Jo Marsh?

Glenn has worked with Tasmanian fruit for nearly two decades, he was the first to put it into Eileen Hardy and the first to put it in Yattarna – both multi award winning wines. He has taken full advantage of his position as Chief Winemaker at Winemaking Tasmania where he is charged with making the wines of many different Tasmanian labels too small to process their own fruit. Glens ability to identify and access some of the best grapes on the island state has played an integral part to Shy Susan’s success.

Jo Marsh may be familiar to many through her Billy Button label here in Victoria. She has been extremely successful with her love of Spanish and Italian varietals and her wine-making knowledge and passion have made her an invaluable partner to the Tassie project she shares with Glenn.

As Glenn says about the husband and wife team, “There is no winemaking committee, its just her and me.”

The Shy Susan debut release 2016 Chardonnay took out the Regional Trophy against some of Australia’s best Chardonnay’s in the annual James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge and along with their Pinot Noir and Riesling they chalked up another gong with the Best New Winery of the Year 2020. They have continued their extremely solid form with this, only their 3rd vintage.

Glenn and Jo continue to hand-select the best parcels of fruit, the ones that inspire them most, turning them into some of the most exciting wines to come out of Tassie in recent years. Hand harvesting, foot stomping, wild ferments, selection of old and new oak, whole bunches and use of lees contact and battonage that effortlessly translates into multidimensional, complex wines without ever making them feel worked or over-done.

From year to year the source of fruit can change depending on quality and style. This year the Chardonnay is a blend from two mature vineyards in the Coal River Valley (55%) and the East Coast (45%) while the Riesling hales from two mature vineyards in the Coal River Valley (50%) and the Huon Valley (50%).

The Pinot is a blend from three mature vineyards in the Huon Valley (67%), Derwent Valley (21%) and the Coal River Valley (12%) from D2V6, MV6, and D2V5 clones and comes from a close to perfect season in Tasmania – this may turn out to be one of the best releases yet and from the attention they are receiving we wouldn’t be surprised.

We are offering all three wines at over 15% off and if previous years are anything to go by they will probably sell out quick. We have good quantities available of the Chardonnay and Riesling but, unsurprisingly, the Pinot is limited to only 10 dozen so get in quick.

Feel free to reply this email direct or click the links below to purchase online. Due to the limited quantaties of the Pinot they will be on a first in best dressed basis.

Please note that these may not be available for purchase in-store immediately so please call ahead to confirm stock is available.

Myles Thomson

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