Sailor Seeks Horse 2015 Pinot Noir
Winery : Sailor Seeks Horse
Sailor Seeks Horse, one of Tasmania's newer pinot labels, is the creation of winemakers Paul and Gilli Lipscombe who also make the wines for Home Hill Vineyard. Paul and Gilli arrived in Tasmania after studying winemaking/viticulture in Margaret R and with experience in Oregon and New Zealand. They settled in the Huon and set about reviving a derelict vineyard at Cradoc, which had been planted in 2005 and subsequently abandoned. Their first release 2013 Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot was an instant success.
Sailor Seeks Horse 2015 Pinot Noir: Michele's notes: Translucent with deep crimson hues. Great nose - sour cherry with blueberry and slightly spicy/smoky hints. The effect is exotic. Chock full of vibrantly juicy berry fruits, with that trademark viscosity and lingering/intense fruit flavours. 'Pinot-esque' was my over-arching comment on the last vintage and it's entirely apt here - this is the Sailor Seeks Horse style.
And what about the intriguing and quirky name?
'There was a handwritten sign on the wall at the Red Velvet Lounge in Cygnet, our local coffee and cake respite from the Tasmanian weather. It said, “Sailor Seeks Horse” and went on to explain that the author had sailed solo around the world and ridden across the US from coast to coast and back again…on a mule. He’d then decided he wanted to travel around Tasmania by horse but didn’t have one. So, was there anyone who would lend him one? If they didn’t have a horse then a pony would do. It was an idea that resonated with us. Here we were, trying to do something a little bit crazy, without much money and requiring a little bit of help to get to where we wanted to be.' Paul & Gilli Lipscombe