2017 Sailor Seeks Horse Tasmanian Pinot Noir

2017 Sailor Seeks Horse Tasmanian Pinot Noir

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99 points from McClosky:

Marine, saline, oyster shell with touches of green apple, orchard flowers and a lovely streak of minerality on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied, bright, alive with a slight chalkiness. There’s a lovely fabric to this wine. Tightly knit with subtle fruits interwoven with a tension which I find difficult to express in words. More a sense of completeness. The simplicity is quite breathtaking and rare to find these days. Tensile, reserved and unapologetically a personal expression of Paul & Gilli who are obsessed with producing wines which they love, rather than following fashions. I believe this to be one of those wines which will create much argument. Those edging toward flamboyance may show disdain, whereas those wishing to seek out ethereal balance and gracefulness will be swooning. I would argue this must be one of the greatest exponents of Australian Chardonnay I have come across and cannot wait to see how this individualist wine unfolds over the coming years. Regardless of which camp you stand in – May I suggest you, at the very least, try a Tassie Chardonnay which flirts with perfection (if only once).

Aussie writer Todd Slater agrees:

Intensity and texture are the key to the 2017 Sailor Seeks Horse Chardonnay, with yields down by 15 % this vintage. A more fine-boned and chiselled wine is the result, with white nougat, corella pear and faint citrus all built into a structured, muscular palate. The wine stretches out in the second half and its architecture tells you that this is something special. The length and drive at the finish will ensure it ages superbly. This is a step up from the previous two vintages and confirms and enhances the special nature of this site and producer. Highly recommended.

As artisanal – and as scintillatingly sublime – as New World Chardonnay gets. Give this this stuff over Kistler or Kongsgaard any day!

I also like this that the label says “Owned, grown & made by Paul & Gilli Lipscombe.” How it should be.

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