Two Tonne Tasmania winemaker Ricky Evans is passionate about his corner of the world and its terroir, and that translates readily into the wines he crafts. Relatively new on the wine scene, Ricky keeps appearing in the top 10 Young Gun of Wine and is arguably one of the most talented young winemaker in the country. Sourcing carefully selected fruit from the Tamar Valley and Eastern Tasmania, he crafts vibrant wines of purity and finesse that won't break the bank.
We were quite taken with the wines from Two Tonne. They're are about as compelling as we can find in their price bracket and we're more than happy to be able to share them with you. The one caveat though is that Ricky's stuff tends to disappear quickly, so first in best dressed. Enjoy!
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Coming from two vineyards, this is a combination of three parcels made slightly differently. The first two are drawn from the Three Wishes Vineyard in Hillwood): one parcel picked early and fresh, destemmed & crushed, high solids, full MLF. The other picked a week later, whole bunch pressed, no MLF. Both fermented in old puncheons. The third parcel, (DRB-Waverly), was whole bunch pressed and filled to barriques: spontaneous ferment and partial MLF, and a lick of new oak in here.
A stunningly elegant and pure expression of chardonnay - the wine is sleek and tight, yet complete and satisfying. While there is only the barest sensation and flavours from the wood treatment, there is such a admirable sense of clarity here with flavours white peach and citrus.
2018 Tamar Valley Pinot Noir - $33
In 2018 this wine is comprised of a bunch of little ferments that, from the outset, all had their place in the final blend. All ferments had some whole bunch—min. 20% up to 100%—with the final mix about 25%. Very gentle ferments, attempting to find more lightness and detail in these wines, pressed off early to oak to find softness. Kept on lees ‘till racked and blended, prior to bottle without fining or filtration.
The Tamar Pinot Noir is all detail, lift, and fragrance; so compelling in its lightness-of-foot. A more vertical wine and with straighter acidity, the palate is full of crunchy red fruit and bright persistence. Its definitely no more than medium bodied, with finer almost wispy tannin.
2018 EST Pinot Noir - $33
EST is sourced from a unique vineyard on Tassie’s East Coast. It provides a different perspective to the predominately Tamar-based wines in the TTT portfolio. Picked last out of all the TTT parcels—a week before Easter this year—for the first time I managed to get enough fruit out of this vineyard to split into a few different ferments, attempting to create a little more complexity. Half of the fruit was fermented super gently, with 15% whole bunch, pressed off early into barrel to finish. The balance of the fruit was split between whole berry ferment and 100% whole bunch, giving me options to create more detail in this wine.
The EST is all brood and depth, with greater weight. The acidity feels softer, the tannins juicier and the palate wider yet there is an overwhelming sense of balance and contentment in this wine. Nothing is forced, and at this point its more layered than the Tamar. This finishes impressively too, yet with less crunch than the Tamar.
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