Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition feature on Tasmania (see blue links below).
Stargazer Pinot Noir 2016 - November 2017 Decanter review
Stargazer pays tribute to Abel Tasman, who as an explorer and navigator, must have spent a fair amount of time gazing towards the heavens. Tasman, a Dutchman under the employ of the United East India Company was the first European to sight Tasmania (on 24 November 1642) and then the South Island of New Zealand, nineteen days later on 13 December.
This is the first Stargazer Pinot Noir to come from the Palisander Vineyard, purchased in February 2016. Located in the Tea Tree sub-region of the Coal River Valley, twenty minutes north-east of Hobart, it was planted with vines in 2002.
The grapes for this wine were hand harvested then fermented using wild (indigenous) yeasts. The wine was then left on its fine lees and was aged in French oak puncheons (20% new) for eight months before being bottled. The wine was not fined prior to bottling so may have some sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Stargazer Pinot Noir has a pretty, lifted nose which is firmly in the red fruits spectrum: think cranberries, red cherries and pomegranate. That brightness of fruit carries through to the palate, which has crunch and vitality as well as some more refined, savoury dried herb characters. A lighter bodied framework, the tannins are lacy and delicate, interplaying with the acidity to provide focus and texture.