Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir 2020
‘With the cooler year we held back on using whole bunch as the fruit had naturally delicate florals. Very gentle plunging and extended time on skins post-ferment enabled the silky, supple tannins to be extracted and the full year on lees allowed the wine to find itself.’ Gilli Lipscombe.
From the ‘Young Guns of Wine 2018’ this latest release displays the feminine side of SSH. Delicate, transparent, slender and lithe - but perversely holds the palate captive by its deceptive power and sustained presence. The beguiling nature of Pinot Noir in the right hands!
The Finer Details
Country - Australia
Region - Tasmania
Extra - Screwcap
Year - 2020
Volume - 750ml
This tiny vineyard is one of Australia’s most southerly located in the Huon Valley in southern Tasmania. Paul and Gilli Lipscombe own the vineyard and make the wines and both have considerable vineyard and winemaking experience behind them including winning the Jimmy Watson trophy for Home Hill where they have been the winemakers in recent years. From working together in the Languedoc to New Zealand, Oregon and Margaret River they spent a lot of time researching and considering the best possible vineyard site with the aim to produce Australia’s best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay finally settling on this ideal north facing vineyard which is sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds. Best described as a warm site within a cool climate, the soil is free-draining quartz inflected mudstone soil over clay. The vineyard is planted to a large variety of Dijon clones as well as numerous other clones planted by the previous owners and all vineyard work is done as organically as possible. In 2019 a new planting including some Trousseau has been made on the steep north-west facing slope beside the main vineyard block.
So to the name, where does that come from? 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. It was an idea that resonated with us. Here we were, trying to do something a little bit crazy, without much money and requiring a little bit of help to get to where we wanted to be.