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New twist on Tasmanian wine industry

Publish Date: 12 Aug 2013

Authored by: Media Release

White Rock Vineyard is making history this year, becoming the first vineyard in Tasmania to introduce the German red wine, Dornfelder, to the market.

Owner Phil Dolan decided to plant the grape variety after a number of customers at the Lake Barrington Vineyard cellar-door, where he sells his wine, asked for more reds.

“We were limited to Pinot Noir because of the Tasmanian climate, which is perfect for cool climate grape growing” Mr Dolan said.

“A family of German tourists told me about Dornfelder so I decided to check it out and what I discovered sounded promising.

“On a trip to Europe to visit my grandchildren, I visited the Moselle region of Germany to find out more about it and liked what I saw.”

White Rock’s version of Dornfelder is called Dawn Red and will be released just in time for summer this year (November/December 2013).

“The pulp of the grape is red so it gives the wine a beautiful colour, but it doesn’t pretend to be anything exotic – just a very velvety, easy drinker,” Mr Dolan said.
“We will blend it with Pinot Noir to give it some complexity, but it does have good tannin and acid. The blending will give it some fruit and make it the perfect accompaniment for a barbecue or picnic.”

Dornfelder came from grapes that had been crossed before – Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe. It was only released onto the market in Germany in 1979 and became very popular very quickly.

White Rock Vineyard will release its first Dawn Red (Dornfelder) vintage this year, becoming the first Tasmanian vineyard to offer the alternative red wine.

However, judging by its success in Europe, it probably won’t be long before the variety becomes a well-known and popular choice in the Tasmanian wine industry!

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