Tinderbox 2013 Pinot Noir
Winery : Tinderbox
Tasmania's D'Entrecasteaux Channel is the waterway between the Tasmanian mainland and Bruny Island, south of Hobart. The quaint names - Snug, Kettering, Flowerpot, Tinderbox - are appropriate for such a picturesque region of neat little bays, white beaches, and rolling hills. And then there is the excellent pinot that's grown so well here, so far south.
D'Entrecasteux at 43.10S edges towards the high latitudes of Central Otago (45.03S), but there's more maritime influence here, having the effect of slightly softening the tannin structures. Day length and a long, slow-ripening season add up to concentrated pinot flavours a la Central Otago, but with slightly more supple fleshiness. That's pretty attractive in pinot noir.
Tinderbox owner Liz McGown planted the first vines in 1994. Alain Rousseau of Frogmore Creek Winery makes the wine. After some spectacular wines from vintages mid last decade, the vineyard had gone quiet. Enter vineyard consultant Michael O'Brien who has been working to rehabilitate the vines and the efforts show.
This is a beautifully aromatic wine with dark berry, lip-smacking juicy fruit, cedar and spicy notes, set off by a textured and quite slippery palate with beautifully fine tannins. It is a classic of its region.