The perfume is marked by cherry pip and rosehip notes with some dried thyme, clove and tart plum in the background. The palate has plenty of pomegranate brightness married with berry coulis creaminess, supported by fine, silty tannins that lead to a seductive spiced finish. A wine to let unferl over a banquet of duck dishes.
Stargazer Pinot Noir 2021
A silky and seductive Pinot full of intense spiced berries
98 point; Top 100 – James Halliday
Grape Variety – Pinot Noir
Region – Coal River, Tasmania, Australia
Vintage – 2021
Winery – Stargazer
Profile – mid bodied, red cherries, spiced;
Tasmania is one of the key emerging regions of the Australian wine landscape. A relatively recent addition to this landscape is Stargazer, owned and run by Samantha Connew. Stargazer pays tribute to Abel Tasman. The first European explorer and navigator to sight Tasmania, he must have spent a fair amount of time gazing towards the heavens.
Samantha’s first vintage was in Oregon, where she became captivated by Pinot Noir. So it seems only fitting that after an intervening period of over fifteen years, much spent as Chief winemaker at Wirra Wirra from McLaren Vale, that Samantha has ended up in Tasmania making Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay. In Samantha’s words “The opportunity to work with pristine fruit to craft the wines that I am passionate about in an environment of extraordinary beauty is really all I have ever wanted to do as a winemaker”.
Located in the Tea Tree subregion at the northern end of the Coal River Valley. The original vineyard was planted with half and half Riesling and Pinot Noir. Samantha took over the property in 2016 and in late 2017. She expanded the vineyard (now called Palisander) to include an additional two hectares of vines. The key varieties of Pinot Noir and Riesling along with some Chardonnay were planted. Samantha has been able to harness all her years of experience to craft wines of purity and balance. Wines that are already receiving amazing reviews. The Stargazer Pinot Noir shows all the characteristics that are associated with this pristine cool climate region.
Accolades & Awards
98 points – Halliday Wine Companion
James Halliday Top 100
25% whole bunches with the remainder destemmed whole berries. Cold soaked for 3 days, wild-yeast ferment. Racked off gross lees to French oak puncheons, 22% new. Matured 10 months on fine lees. The seductive bouquet exudes dried rose petals, spices and some darker foresty notes underneath. The intense palate is all class, blending purity, precision and power. There’s a freshness to the mouthfeel that carries through to the long finish and lingering aftertaste.
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