Stoney Rise / Holyman Chardonnay Holyman Chardonnay 2020

2021 Holyman Chardonnay - Gravelly Beach TAS

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Joe Holyman makes Chardonnay, and he is really good at it. In fact, some of the Chardonnays I have tried from him in the last few years have been sublime. This 2021 vintage Holyman Chardonnay is no different. Hints of flint and struck match on the nose meld beautifully with white peaches and oranges. The palate is more of the same with a slight creamyness to match. It goes for days and is kept in train by wonderful acid that checks but doesn't dominate. Very yummy and it will just get better with time. Around 2025 this wine will be stunning. 

"I didn’t get to spend as much time with this wine as I would usually do, as Joe Holyman popped into the tasting rooms and poured a glass. However, because I’m so familiar with the style of wine early on, I reckon I’ve got the measure of it. Maybe.

Struck match, almond, white peach, cinnamon spice. Very tight, grapefruit and spicy oak, plenty of acidity, powdery chalky texture, lots of zip and tang, fleshy white fruit and green apple on a long zesty finish. Very good. A bit of oak showing, and very tight now, but with latent power. The line and length thing here is outstanding. Needs a little time to settle, but a very strong release."

96 Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front


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