2015
Sailor Seeks Horse
Pinot Noir
Tasmania

2015
Sailor Seeks Horse
Pinot Noir
Tasmania

The Pinot Noirs we love display a delicate balance between red and dark fruits, high-toned aromatics, layered depth and verve. It’s something we hope to achieve in our Pinots and is a combination of site and sensitive winemaking.

Picking dates are intrinsic to obtaining the energy we look for in our wines - pick too early and you lack the delicious component, pick too late and you lose the moreish part. It’s a cliché but it’s all about balance.

Our winemaking philosophy is pretty simple. Listen to the fruit and let it guide you. We soak the fruit at ambient temperature (cold in the Huon) and then let natural yeast start the fermentation process. Once the ferments are complete we taste the wine on skins until the tannin profile is right and then press to barrel. From there we inoculate for malolactic fermentation, then leave the wine unsulphured until late-spring and add sulphur dioxide. The wine is left untouched until bottling, which varies depending on how the wine looks. Stems are used as a supportive component when they are ripe and the amount varies.

Every vintage is a reflection of the growing season and 2015 was one of those unremarkable years that seem to create remarkable wines. Apart from some miserable weather in January that tested our nerve, the remainder of the year eased us into vintage effortlessly. The yields were a little low, the weather was fine and we suffered no heat spikes nor significant rain events. It was quite lovely. In the winery the wild ferments ticked over happily and it was probably one of the easiest vintages we've ever worked. Nature made up for that in 2016 but for the moment let's just bask in the gentle glory of 2015!

  • Region: Tasmania - Huon Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Vine Age: 10 years old
  • Yield: 4000 vines per hectare
  • Soil Type: Permian Mudstone
  • Alcohol: 13.1%
  • Harvest Date: 23rd and 29th of April, 2nd of May
  • Oak: French oak (20% new)
Winery & Regional Information
TASMANIA - HUON VALLEY

Until relatively recently Tasmania was the overlooked piece of the Australian wine puzzle. An outlier both physically and in terms of perception, Tasmania spent years quietly going about its business with only a few big name pioneers pricking the consciousness of the average wine lover. Oh, how things have changed… In a few short years Tasmania has gone from curio... Learn More »

SAILOR SEEKS HORSE

TASMANIA - HUON VALLEY

“There was a handwritten sign on the wall at the Red Velvet Lounge in Cygnet, our local coffee and cake respite from the Tasmanian weather. It said, “Sailor Seeks Horse” and went on to explain that the author had sailed solo around the world and ridden across the US from coast to coast and back again. On a mule. He’d then decided he wanted to travel around Tasmania by horse but didn’t have one. So, was there anyone who would lend him one? If they didn’t have a horse then a pony would do. Learn More »