Holm Oak The Protégé Pinot Noir 2020TAMAR VALLEY, TAS Add to Wishlist
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Known as the ‘heartbreaker grape’, Pinot Noir challenges even the most skilled and experienced of vintners. It’s fickle and finicky, prone to tantrums at the slightest inconvenience, and remarkably touchy about the particular climes in which it flourishes. But ensconced in the cool embrace of Tasmania, Pinot thrives, happily growing into some of the world’s preeminent expressions of the grape under the wise and watchful eye of winemakers like Holm Oak’s Bec and Tim Duffy. Named for the magnificent grove of oaks originally planted in the ‘30s as wood for Alexander Patent Racquet Co.’s tennis racquets, Holm Oak today produces a sustainably crafted lineup of wines amongst which The Protégé is a particular standout. The latest in an esteemed lineage, the 2020 vintage centres tart cherry and dried strawberry on a light, silky stage that shines a spotlight on classic Tassie Pinot Noir.
Made to be enjoyed now, with early picking and no oak the cornerstones of a pinot full of joy. Destemmed and fermented on skins for 10 days, using yeasts known to enhance fruit aromatics. Strawberry, red cherry and spice fill the senses. Outstanding example of the style.
Expect to find
A lively Pinot Noir streaked through with soft bolts of red cherry, snappy strawberry, peppy cinnamon, and hot nutmeg
Pick your own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries at Tasmania signature Hillwood Berries
With the fatty, oily succulence of smoked salmon. Holm Oak themselves recommend sourcing your fish from Tasmania’s 41° South when you’re in the area
Tasmania’s wine pioneers — and their pig
The 70-kilometre Tamar River wends its placid way through the dewy hills and vivid green stretches of its namesake Tamar Valley, giving brilliant life to the dark soil and to the likes of Holm Oak, the Tasmanian winery run by husband-and-wife Tim and Bec Duffy and overseen by the snuffling attentions of Pinot the (not-so-teacup) pig. Holm Oak, set snug amidst the region’s temperate sea breezes and wind-sheltering slopes, first set down vines in 1983, making it one of Tasmania’s older vineyards.