This Holm Oak Protege screams “drink me!” from the first sniff. Bright, crunchy, and enticing from the first pour. The palate of Holm Oak Protege is soft, juicy and slides down without a care. Flavours of sour cherry, floral notes and candy.
Holm Oak Protege is simple, clean and made to drink now. So drink Holm Oak Protege now with a good friend and maybe some parmesan crisps.
Holm Oak Protege Pinot Noir 2020 Wine Review
Halliday Wine Companion 2020
“Made to be enjoyed now. Early picking and no oak are 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 sense. Outstanding example of the style. Screwcap. drink to 2023.”
Holm Oak Protege Pinot Noir Winemaking notes
“This Pinot made to be a lighter more fruit driven style of Pinot with some underlying spicy complexity. To achieve this, we have picked the fruit at moderate sugar levels when the fruit is displaying lovely fresh strawberry and cherry characters. The fruit is then de-stemmed and fermented on skins for 10 days. Specific yeasts which are known to enhance fruit aromatics are used to conduct the ferment. Following fermentation, the wine was matured in tank prior to being bottled.“
The Holm Oak Vineyard came to be in 1983. Originally the site was growing Holm Oak trees to make tennis racquets. But the quality wasn’t up to it. Wine grapes, on the other hand, suit the Holm Oak site down to the ground. The Holm Oak vineyard is 12 hectares of vines including the Bordeaux varieties, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
The beautiful island south of the Australian mainland that has carved out a reputation for quality sparkling wine and Pinot Noir. Tasmania’s cooler climate regions and extended growing season make it perfect for aromatic styles of wine. A wealth of quality focussed producers has helped lift the status of the whole island. Interestingly, despite notable differences, there is only the one GI in Tassie.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one-trick pony. Apart from the best reds in the world, you can find world-class Pinot Noir rosé, sparkling. You can even find sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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