Sailor Seeks Horse Dijon Clone Pinot Noir 2022


Gilli and Paul Lipscombe believe that the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is grown at the viticultural edge. Wine lovers looking for deep colour, extract and high acidity will not find it here. Indeed, this is what Pinot Noir was like twenty years ago, and I liken these wines to a combination of Volnay’s austerity and coolness, and Chambolle’s silk and seduction. The Sailor Seeks Horse Dijon Clone 2022 is made essentially the same as the estate Pinot, without the whole bunches and with a greater proportion of new oak. Slightly darker than the estate with a mix of poached plum, rhubarb and cherry, violets with sweet and savoury Middle Eastern Spice. Gentle palate, silky, satiny with a subtle textural grip. Terrific expanse of flavour and richness. Incredible intensity yet light and gentle. The tannins focused and precise. One of the best Pinot Noirs in Australia and reminiscent of the American producer Hirsch. Waters Wine Co


Bright, mid-depth red-purple hue with a bouquet of dark cherry and brown spices, deep and complex. The wine is rich and full in the mouth, intense and mouth-filling with refreshing acidity and a subtle sheen of fine-grained tannins, the finish very long and resonant. Superb now and has high potential for ageing. 96 Points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review


We have two Pinot Noirs from our vineyard in 2022 – the, for-want-of-a-better-word, ‘estate’ Pinot Noir and then, for the first time, a Dijon Clone Pinot Noir. Even though the 2022 season fell into another La Nina event, we had good rainfall early on and then, as seems normal these days, the tap was turned off in the new year. So we had a fairly pleasant, dry, if not particularly sunny summer with a return to more typical yields compared to 20/21/23. After the previous two years it was a relief to use a few more fermenters in the winery with the fruit tasting great and the end of the season finishing off ripening nicely. As the wines developed in barrel we tasted some blends and discovered a combination of the three low-yielding Dijon clones (115, 114 and 777) resulted in a higher-toned, more spice-driven wine with a slightly denser palate weight than our normal Pinot. We loved it and so decided to bottle it separately! Blend of 777, 115, 114. Same treatment as the main blend during ferment then 24% new oak and no whole bunch. Elevage same as the main Pinot Noir. Strawberry, cream, sandalwood, weight, lightness of touch combined with structure, sapid. Sailor Seeks Horse


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