2020 Coal Valley Pinot Noir - Mike Bennie, The Winefront

Rory Duggan at the helm of this generational (uncle-nephew) project, one that should be firmly on the sites of those seeking great wines of Tasmania. Aside curating the tiny, family vineyard, there’s wine from sources further afield (Antipodes Vineyard here), but close to home. No additions at all.

This is a stunner. It’s bright and sweet fruited with an impossibly delightful, mellifluous flow. Fragrant as all get out, red cherries, ripe, dried rose petals, juniper and alpine herbs. Flavours are more of the cherry, sweet again, but tempered by that piquant juniper-gin-like botanical character that sets this apart, gives a uniqueness, a compelling quality in the glass to investigate over and over. Fine tannins, soft, shapely, but there, cool and fresh to finish, and a sense of savouriness that lingers after each sip. Truly beautiful.

Rated : 95 Points
Tasted : MAR22
Alcohol : 11.9%
Price : $65
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2022 - 2026


2019 Coal Valley Riesling - Mike Bennie, The Winefront

There’s a remarkable suite of wines that’s come out of this pint-sized producer based in Birchs Bay, Tasmania. Rory Duggan is custodian of the lauded d’Meure vineyard site and continues at pace with patiently made and released wines. This wine emerges from Coal Valley, however. It sees 24 hours skin contact then spends its time resting in older oak barrel, then spends a year in bottle.

There’s so much concentration of flavour here, power yet freshness, grace and savouriness. It’s an epic riesling in any language, let alone to those who are fetishists of the variety. It’s white wine with distinct, firm texture, bristling acidity, loads of fruit and nutty/yeasty flavours, a saline belt of minerality chimes in too. Ludicrously complex, energetic and downright delicious. Wow.

Rated : 96 Points
Tasted : MAY21
Alcohol : 11.2%
Price : $55
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2021 - 2030