Holyman Pinot and Chardonnay

I’d argue this comes from one of the best Pinot sites in the country, from one of the best Pinot winemakers. GARY WALSH The Wine Front

One of Tasmania’s outstanding pinot noir makers. NICK STOCK

There are two ranges: the Stoney Rise wines, focusing on fruit and early drinkability, and the Holyman wines, with more structure, more new oak and the best grapes, here the focus on length and potential longevity. JAMES HALLIDAY

 

Tasmania has a reputation for producing great Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and cricketers. Former wicketkeeper turned winemaker Joe Holyman would be the first to attest to that and while his days of testing a batsmen’s meddle with artfully slung banter may be behind him, his vinous reputation is gaining steam.

Since setting up shop in 2004 in the heart of the Tamar Valley, Joe and his wife Lou have already carved out a reputation for producing some of the most sought-after wines in the state. Their Stoney Rise range has long been an industry pick in the hotly contested $30 Pinot and Chardonnay range, but it is with their flagship Holyman Pinot Noir and Chardonnay where the duo really set themselves apart crafting monumental wines that are built to develop and blossom with bottle age.

The amount of talent vying for the spotlight when it comes to Pinot Noir in Tasmania is particularly daunting with the likes of Jim Chatto, Adam Wadewitz, Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen and many more all applying their significant skills to the craft. Joe Holyman sits right up there with the best of them with Gary Walsh referring to him as ‘one of the best Pinot winemakers’ and his Pinot as ‘Tassie Burgundy’. Typically, I am not a fan of the Burgundian comparisons but here if it refers to wonderful purity of fruit, transparent expression of site all packaged into a wine of considerable depth and structure, then I can get on board. These are must-have for Tassie Pinot aficionados.

Then there is the much lauded Holyman Chardonnay which is at its best in vintages like 2019. It’s energetic and lithe with plenty of underlying depth and power. A nudge of oak pulls everything into place and a jolt of acidity keeps everything fresh and sharply focused. Tasmanian Chardonnay is really on the up and up and this is among the very best on offer.

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