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Research Series Pinot Noir 2020

Tamar Ridge
94 points Halliday Wine Companion

Minimum order of 1 case or 6 bottles (Mixed or straight)

The Research Series are experimental wines, allowing our winemakers to trial new techniques in both the vineyard and the winery.  This 2020 Research Series Pinot Noir is a wine that is all about exploring different techniques in the winery and learning about the potential and endless possibilities that exist for winemakers.

Tasting Notes


Food Pairings

Serve with cranberry and pecan stuffed roast turkey, bok choy and a juniper infused red wine jus. Or for something a little different try whole pan fried Murray cod in a Szechuan and garlic marinade. 

  • 94 points

  • 1x Gold


  • 94 Points

    James Halliday 16/06/2022

    85% carbonic maceration; one bin of machine-harvested grapes at base of the fermenter, 3 bins of whole bunches on top for 5 days, then pressed to release more juice for fermentation; 15% finished in barrel; matured for 9 months in used French barriques. Light scarlet hue. Blends elegance with complexity, totally correct choice of used oak (none new) allowing the juicy small red and blue fruits free rein.

Two separate techniques were used this vintage. 85% was a carbonic maceration that had one bin of machine picked grapes tipped to the base and then three bins of whole bunches. After five days the bunches were pressed to release more juice for fermentation. This provided a balance of lifted red berry fruits and earthy notes. 15% was a parcel of Pinot Noir that we finished the ferment in barrel leaving high levels of yeast and lifted funky characters. Malolactic fermentation and maturation took place over 9 months in French oak barriques with mainly second and third use barrels.

Vineyard RegionTasmania
Wine AnalysisAlc/Vol: 11.5%
ColourThe wine shows a vibrant crimson purple colour.
AromaThe nose is very pretty with lifted raspberry, cherry and a subtle clove spice.
PalateOn the palate the wine is elegant and balanced with the red berry fruits melding seamlessly with a fine grained tannin. The French oak barriques used in maturing this wine provide structure and intensity while being perfectly integrated.
Peak DrinkingUntil 2025
Growing Conditions

The Pinot Noir grapes for our wine are grown in the Kayena Vineyard, in Tasmania, which offers ideal growing conditions. The vineyard is located at an altitude of 10-30 meters, providing a favourable environment for the grapes to thrive. The clone vines Abel and 115 are specifically cultivated, contributing to the unique characteristics of our Pinot Noir. The climatology in this region ranges from 12.9°C to 20.3°C, fostering optimal grape development. With an average rainfall of 810mm, the vineyard receives the necessary hydration for healthy grape growth.