Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir 2017

Tasmania
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£44.50 per bottle
420 in stock

**Delivery available late July / early August 2019**

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front "Pale but attractive scents, rose hip tea, pot pourri, sour cherry, white pepper. Succulent and fine in the palate, understated and reserved flavours, cool acidity, trim tannins and good length. Feels youthful and tight, seamless and long. A lovely wine this."

Winemaker " Located in the Huon Valley, Australia's southernmost municipality and coolest wine region, our vineyard sits right on the edge of viticultural possibility. Our belief is that great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are made on that edge, where the risks are high but the rewards even higher. Theodore Roosevelt put it more eloquently in 1899 than we ever could now, "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.""

Taste & Aroma

**Delivery available late July / early August 2019**

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

Pale but attractive scents, rose hip tea, pot pourri, sour cherry, white pepper. Succulent and fine in the palate, understated and reserved flavours, cool acidity, trim tannins and good length. Feels youthful and tight, seamless and long. A lovely wine this.

Producer

Sailor Seeks Horse

 

"...incredibly exclusive, tiny production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that has gained them a list of accolades and a reputation for producing some of Tasmania’s most highly sought after wines."

 

In 2005 Paul and Gilli Lipscombe decided to bite the bullet, resign from their jobs in London and pursue a dream of working for themselves, being intellectually challenged, physical, creative and produce something together that they could be proud of and decided to embark on an ambition to make their own wine. After working a vintage in the Languedoc with three different producers, then travelled to Margaret River to study winemaking and viticulture, Gilli doing the degree and Paul undertaking the post-grad diploma.

They spent the next four years gaining as much experience as possible working in Margaret River, Oregon and New Zealand for winery’s such as Xanadu, Woodlands, Beaux Freres, Chehalum and Mt Pleasant, with the constant goal in mind of eventually finding the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard in Australia. Their pursuits lead them to Tasmania, feeling that the Huon Valley would be the place to settle and found a run down, 6.5 hectare, north east facing vineyard that was planted with Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo which had been planted in 2005 and abandoned a few years later.

By the time Paul and Gilli found it, most of the vines were either dead or on their last legs and after getting a vineyard assessment from viticultural liaison officer who called the vineyard “one of the greatest viticultural challenges he’d ever seen” but felt that due to its located was worth reviving. So they pulled up the Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo as well as the worst of the Pinot Noir vines and decided to try to coax the rest of the vine back to life as well as planting additional Pinot and Chardonnay.

The name was taken from a handwritten sign on the wall of their local coffee shop which said “sailor seeks horse”. The person who wrote it had sailed around the world and ridden coast to coast across the US on a mule and had decided to travel around Tasmania on a horse and didn’t have one. This struck a cord with Paul and Gilli as it encompassed the idea of they what they were trying to do. Something a little bit crazy with not much money and needing a little help from the people around them.

Paul and Gilli’s story encapsulates an image of both romanticism and achievement, being brave enough to pursue a dream, bringing a derelict, long-forgotten vineyard back to life and dedicating themselves to an unrelenting pursuit of quality. Winning the Jimmy Watson Trophy for work they’d done at a neighbouring vineyard, they are both highly skilled winemakers with a wealth of experience, an acute ambition and precise attention to detail that has resulted in the incredibly exclusive, tiny production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that has gained them a list of accolades and a reputation for producing some of Tasmania’s most highly sought after wines.

Region

Tasmanian Wine

 

"Without question, Tasmanian wines have been one of the greatest discoveries for us over the past few years. From House of Arras, producers of the finest sparkling wines to be made outside of Champagne to some of the greatest Pinot Noirs we’ve ever tasted. "

 

Positioned just over 400 km from mainland Australia’s south east coast, Tasmania has rapidly gained a reputation for being a premium, cool climate wine region, not just for sparkling wines but also for top quality still wines such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. With vineyard sites positioned on the north and south east side of the island taking full advantage of the cool, maritime influences and coastal breezes that help to preserve the crisp acidity and freshness that is so important in producing wines of this Calibre. Wine makers in Tasmania utilise the whole region often blending parcels from vineyards across the different sub-regions that each lend its own specific identity to the wines.

Tamar Valley on the north coast is one of the warmer sub-regions with a higher level of rainfall producing fruit with a riper character. Just to the east of this is Pipers River, one of Tasmania’s coolest regions with a terroir dominated by red, ferrosol soils and home to the outstanding sparkling wine producer House Of Arras. Created by Ed Carr who is unanimously considered to be Australia’s greatest sparkling wine maker, House Of Arras source grapes from top vineyard sites located on Tasmania’s south and eastern coastal sub-regions. Also based in Pipers River is our best selling wine of 2018, Bay Of Fires Chardonnay utilising grapes from several Tasmania’s cool eastern coastal regions. As we travel south we come to the East Coast region followed by Coal River Valley, Derwent Valley and Huon Valley. Based in the Huon Valley is Glaetzer-Dixon, responsible for producing, amongst others, the legendary La Judith Pinot Noir with 3 years of aging in new oak. Dr Edge is a producer that focuses on the unique expression of each terroir creating three individual, single vineyard Pinot Noirs each from a different sub-region. Simply named North - from Stoney Rise vineyard in Tamar Valley, East – from Hazards Vineyard in the East Coast and South – from Meadow Bank vineyard in Derwent Valley. As well as these single vineyard expressions Dr Edge also produces a blend of all three named Tasmania. Situated in Tasmania’s smallest sub-region Coal River Valley is Tolpuddle Vineyard who utilise this region’s tendency for slow ripening producing intense wines with layers of complexity.

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Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

For richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as The Fuder, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends. For young and non-vintage Champagne we recommend Zalto Universal. However, the Zalto Universal is a very good all-rounder, designed for all types of wines but may not maximize the potential of certain wine as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.

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