Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir 2017 - Huon Valley, Tasmania

Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir 2017 - Huon Valley, Tasmania


The Story

Sailor Seeks Horse, one of Tasmania's cult-status pinot labels, is the creation of winemakers Paul and Gilli Lipscombe who also make the wines for Home Hill Vineyard. Paul and Gilli arrived in Tasmania after studying winemaking/viticulture in Margaret River and with experience in Oregon and New Zealand.

They settled in the Huon and set about reviving a derelict vineyard at Cradoc, which had been planted in 2005 and subsequently abandoned. Their first release Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot was an instant success and subsequent vintages have sold out quickly.

M+Q Notes

The 2017 Pinot Noir reflects the cooler weather and lower yields seen in this vintage. Picking began on the 6th April and ended on the 27th and with average yields (2.9T/ha) it was a pretty easy vintage in terms of being spread out and low in volume. There was no pressure to pick until we thought the fruit was exactly where we wanted it and the ripe stems enabled us to use about 15% whole bunches across various batches (oddly the same as 2016 which was a very warm year). Wild ferments ticked over happily, we pressed off once the tannins aligned and the wine eased through elevage on full lees. We pulled the wine out of barrel the day before filling with the 2018 vintage! It’s a wine that sits comfortably with the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Pinots from our vineyard – poised, complex and structured.

Food Suggestion

Lamb ragu pasta

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