Two Tonne Tasmania 2016 Pinots
Winery : Two Tonne Tasmania
This is the third vintage that winemaker Ricky Evans has released wines under his own Two Tonne Tasmania label. As the name suggests, the wines are made in extremely small volume and last for barely a couple of months. In vintage 2016 there are two 'ready to go' Pinots from the Tamar and East Coast, plus Dog & Wolf Pinot, which benefits from more time in the cellar.
2016 Two Tonne Tasmania TMV Pinot (Tamar) – Very fresh and vivacious but with quite precise structure. Relbia and East Tamar fruit this time. Tiny bit of whole bunch, not much though and you don’t see it. Juicy and lip-smacking. Typically Tamar in its brilliance of fruit but with more serious structural elements. Impressive.
2016 Two Tonne Tasmania EST Pinot (East Coast) - MacLean Bay/Diamond Is fruit. Ever so slightly cloudy as Evans doesn’t fine or filter. (Neither was the TMV, but the racking regime rendered it quite clear). In any event, the slight turbidity is of no issue - the wine is simply softly and sweetly delicious. You see a little more spicy Szechuan smoke as a result of the stems here but it doesn’t obscure the sweet fruit. Lingers long. A pinot of great charm.
2016 The Dog & Wolf Pinot (Tamar) - SOLD OUT Ultra-premium, ultra-limited Pinot from a low-yielding vineyard in St Leonards, an eastern suburb of Launceston with an aspect facing north-east. This is a giving wine. It opens with plenty of dark cherry then more brooding mulberry. Mingling with the dark fruits are the umami characters - hoisin sauce, Korean bbq, slow-cooked oxtail... The acid is vibrant, the flavours are layered and linger long.