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James' Review

While I was given comprehensive information about the seriously interesting careers of Paul and Gilli Lipscombe, and about their vineyard, I am none the wiser about the highly unusual and very catchy name. The story began in 2005 when they resigned from their (unspecified) jobs in London, did a vintage in Languedoc, and then headed to Margaret River to study oenology and viticulture. While combining study and work, their goal was to learn as much as possible about pinot noir. They worked in large, small, biodynamic, conventional, minimum and maximum intervention vineyards and wineries - Woodlands, Xanadu, Beaux Freres, Chehalem and Mt Difficulty, all household names. By '10 they were in Tasmania working for Julian Alcorso's Winemaking Tasmania and found a derelict vineyard that had never cropped, having been abandoned not long after being planted in '05. It was in the Huon Valley, precisely where they had aimed to begin, the coolest district in Tasmania. They are working as winemakers for celebrated Home Hill wines and manage Jim Chatto's vineyard in Glaziers Bay. Unfortunately wines were not received for the 2020 Wine Companion, the winery rating has been retained. Exports to the US and Singapore.


Winemaker Paul and Gilli Lipscombe
Established 2010
Dozens 1200
Vineyards (area) 6.5 ha
Opening Hours Not
Address 102 Armstrongs Road, Cradoc, Tas 7109
Telephone 0418 471120