Holm Oak Pinot Noir 2021
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Holm Oak Pinot Noir 2021

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Tamar Valley, Tasmania, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Pinot Noir

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Producer: Holm Oak

Country: Australia

Region: Tasmania

Vintage: 2021

Critic Score: 96

Alcohol: 13.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2035


The palate duly delivers. Its texture and structure are spot on - James Halliday

Holm Oak is located just north of Launceston, in Tasmania's Tamar Valley. Holm Oak is a labour of love for winemaker Bec Duffy and her viticulturist husband Tim Duffy, Since 2007 they have followed their dream of crafting delicious expressions of cool-climate Tasmanian wines. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are outstanding.

"A magic carpet of 7 clones (in separate blocks) were picked between March 20 and April 16, making mainland pinot noir makers (myself included) green with envy. The colour is a massive come on, deep in pinot terms, and the palate duly delivers. Its texture and structure are spot on, with spicy tannins running through black cherry and plum fruit in an even, lingering stream."  James Halliday

"The summer of 2021 was cool and dry with the resulting Pinot being well balanced with lovely aromatics, bright fruit and fine tannin structure. It has some beautiful floral, strawberry and cherry characters on the nose with some earthy, spicey complexity. The palate has fantastic fruit intensity, vibrant acidity and fine silky tannins. 

Several clones of Pinot Noir from many blocks on our Estate vineyard were picked over a two-week period. All batches were destemmed and were wild fermented in small open top fermenters. Ferments were hand plunged up to 4 times a day and then pressed to oak upon dryness. The wine underwent MLF in barrel and was then racked back to barrel for further maturation. 25% new French oak was used (the remainder 1 yearold barrels) and the wine was matured in these barrels for 10 months."  Holm Oak   

Expert reviews

"A magic carpet of 7 clones (in separate blocks) were picked between March 20 and April 16, making mainland pinot noir makers (myself included) green with envy. All batches were destemmed and hand plunged in small open fermenters. The wine was matured for 10 months in French oak (20% new). The colour is a massive come on, deep in pinot terms, and the palate duly delivers. Its texture and structure are spot on, with spicy tannins running through black cherry and plum fruit in an even, lingering stream. Drink by 2036."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 96 points and Special Value Wine  ★ 

"Medium-full red-purple colour with a mix of smoky-toasty oak, dark berry fruits and smoked charcuterie aromas. The palate is light-medium bodied and carries a drying, savoury sheen of tannins. With time in the glass, rusty/ferrous nuances emerge and the wine has attractive mineral overtones. Good length, too. A satisfying glass of pinot. Drink: 2022-2028."  Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 91 points

Awards

Special Value Wine – Halliday Wine Companion  ★ 

About the winery

Holm Oak WineryHolm Oak is located just north of Launceston, in Tasmania's Tamar Valley. Holm Oak is a labour of love for winemaker Bec Duffy and her husband Tim Duffy, viticulturalist. Since 2007 they have followed their dream of crafting delicious expressions of cool-climate Tasmanian wines.

Bec Duffy has over 20 years winemaking experience in Australia and the US, while Tim Duffy, a third-generation grape grower and an agronomist with extensive viticultural experience, manages the vineyard, Their complementary skills drive their vision to produce delicious wines that reflect their home, Tasmania's pristine Tamar Valley, and their own personalities – honest, down to earth, genuine and authentic. 

Grape vines were planted in the rich and fertile land in 1983, making Holm Oak one of the older vineyards in Tasmania. Using the original Pinot Noir and Cabernet plantings, they now also cultivate Arneis, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. In total, Holm Oak has 12 hectares under vine.

Holm Oak is a full family affair overseen by general manager Pinot 'd' Pig. Like any good manager, Pinot the Pig wanders around keeping a close eye on the daily operations in the vineyards and winery. Pinot was supposed to be a miniature pig, however has grown to be a full-size team member, with a larger than life personality, and a keen eye (and nose) for detail. Every good manager however, has a weakness – if fed a couple of fresh apples, the worries of General Management fade away and Pinot is inclined to sleep on the job!

Holm Oak Pinot Pig

"Holm Oak in Tasmania's Tamar Valley gained its name from a planting of oak trees in the 1930s, intended to provide oak for tennis racquets. It came to nothing, and 50 years later 2ha of cabernet sauvignon and 0.4ha of pinot noir were planted.

In 2004 Ian and Robyn Wilson bought the property with a succession plan in place, their daughter Rebecca (Bec) already an experienced winemaker having worked on the mainland and in California. She arrived at Holm Oak in 2006, and the onsite winery was completed just in time for the 2007 vintage.

In the same year Bec's partner, agronomist Tim Duffy, arrived and they set about expanding the vineyard from 6a to 15ha; in pride of place is 7ha of pinot noir, with MV6 clone leading the census, plus D5V12, 114, 115, 777, D4V2 and 521. In 1991, 1ha of riesling had been planted; the balance now includes pinot gris (2ha), chardonnay (1.5ha) and arneis (0.3ha), with smaller plantings making up the remainder.

Prior to the completion of the winery, the wines had been competently contract-made. It's a very different story today, with shoot thinning, leaf plucking (on the western side) and removal of shoulder bunches of pinot noir (if needed). The partnership between winemaker and viticulturist has had multiple synergies, as success has followed success. Then there's the Southern Ocean, a vast air conditioner buffering the heat spikes that are part of summer in the southeastern corner of the mainland.

Sparkling wine used 37% of the total crush, which left pinot noir with 28%, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot gris in a three-way share of 8% each, riesling the remainder. One simple summary is sparkling, red and white wine, each with a third share. And Tamar Valley is the place to be, with almost 40% of the 2022 crush." James Halliday

Wine region map of Tasmania

Tasmania

Tasmania is a small island located below mainland Australia. It produces less than 1% of Australia’s wine but enjoys a global reputation as a leading producer of premium cool climate wines. It is prized for its top-class sparkling wine, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.

Tasmania is home to more than 230 wineries across 7 wine regions*. The reigions Coal River Valley, East Coast, Pipers River and Tamar Valley produce around 90% of Tasmania's wine, while the other three regions Derwent Valley, Huon Valley and North West produce the remaining 10%. * Please note these 7 wine areas are considered here to be subregions of Tasmania to aid site navigation.

Tasmania is the coldest wine State in Australia. Its climate is temperate, with a distinct maritime influence from the Tasman Sea to the east, Bass Strait to the north and the Indian Ocean to the west. Summer days are temperate while winter sees some of the coldest temperatures in Australia. It's unique climate and soils combine to create ideal growing conditions for cool-climate grape varieties.