2016 Stargazer Pinot Noir Coal River Tasmania

SKU #1318547

Winemaker's Notes: "A pretty, lifted nose, firmly in the red fruit spectrum (think cranberries, red cherries and pommegranite). Light, delicate and aromatic - the 2016 Pinot Noir is all about crunchy red fruits and a creamy, layered texture. The tannins are lacy and delicate. Some more refined, savory dried herb characters emerge with air. 40% whole bunch, wild ferment, aged in 600L French oak Puncheons (20% new) 240 cases total production."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2017 | Send Email
One of the most fascinating Pinot Noirs of the year for me. It took Sam and I several years to finally get these wines here! But it was seriously worth the wait. Stargazer is a tiny passion project of winemaker Samantha Connew. With a storied history of making wine across Australia, Oregon, Italy, Spain - Sam brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and her vinous prowess is known to all that have met her. She is also the Chair of Judges at the Royal Sydney Wine Show...on of the most prestigious wine awards in the country. This minuscule production Pinot Noir of just 240 cases is wonderfully aromatic and pure. It's light, transparent color in the glass belies it's concentration of flavor but hints at the wines ethereal elegance on the palate. The nose is filled with rose petals, crunchy red berries, saffron, dusty, dry spice and singed agar wood. The palate is light, fresh, taught and full of drive and precision...but it's not super lean or tart, the mid-palate has a nice softness but with minimal extraction. On the finish again acidity and cool fruit take precedence over tannin but there is nothing aggressive about the acidity, the wine is so fresh and vibrant but soft and silky at the same time. Beautifully crafted Pinot Noir.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5