OUR CURRENT RELEASE
The release of our two pinot noir from the 2014 vintage is scheduled for the 19th February, later than usual. Invitations will be sent this week commencing 1st February 2016.We are now able, due to larger cropping levels, to hold our wine in barrel for longer. Thus the later release. This will not necessarily be always the case, we will look at the wines on a year by year basis. The 14′s have spent 15 months in new and old oak and 6 months in bottle. The release will be a Benjamin’s Reserve and the Thomas Nicholas only as the vintage was a small one, only 30% of the 2013 level.We will however present at the release an early drinking 2015 under the Jack Ryan label. as well as our 2015 rieslin
We have commenced the infra-structure for a small expansion to include 2500 Shiraz and 1200 Pinot Noir to increase our clonal mix of the latter.
THE GOOD STUFF KEEPS FLOWING
Review by Graeme Phillips, Mercury December 9
“Third Child Vespa 2013, a bargain price for a superbly intense, off dry and low alcohol, iced Riesling, a wine James Halliday included in his Best of the Best. The perfect summer drop.
“Third Child Jack Ryan Pinot Noir 2013, Skinner’s easy-drinking, entry level pinot with bright cherry flavours and a juiciness that would partner nicely with lunchtime antipasti or grilled salmon and quail.”
“Third Child Benjamin’s Reserve 2013, his best pinot to date and will get even better. Decant it, give it plenty of air and you will be rewarded with a a richly complex mosaic of ripe black plums on a silkily textured beautifully balanced palate.”
Again Graeme in the Mercury 23 December,
5 stars for the Vespa as one of his best wines tasted in the last few months, “The perfect summer and summer berry drop.”
and again in the Mercury 30 December,
5 stars for the Benjamin’s Reserve as one of his best since July, ” A deep and richly complex mosaic of black plums, spices and savoury undergrowth notes on a silkily textured, mid-weight and beautifully balanced palate.”
Decanter, May edition 2015,
From the London based leading magazine, “Elderflower and sugar-dusted green apple nose, very delicate and pristine aromatics. Light and crisp on the palate with a compensating off-dry sweetness..almost a German kabinett style. Very well made. 90+,
and in addition, as one of the Tasters top three wines, “Sweeter Rieslings are a relatively new, rare breed but this off dry Kabinett style is terrific. Its fruit purity and intensity, scintillating acidity and delicate aromatics showcase Tasmania’s cool, long growing season. 96, drink 2015-2024.
For us “little guys” a great review.
4.5 stars for the Ella Mae Riesling 2014 from Winestate magazine August 2015
A wonderful piece of feed back from a growers/ winemakers group in Oregon for our 2013 Benjamin’s Reserve through a fellow winemaker I met a long time ago at the Cool Climate Wine Symposium in Melbourne. According to him it was “the hit of the tasting”