This month we’re spotlighting Tasmania. To kick things off, we’ve selected five wines that show off what our island state does well.
With its crisp climate and pristine environment, Tasmania is a hub for super-fresh produce and beautifully crafted wines. Its calling cards are refreshing riesling, complex pinot noir and world-class sparkling, but you can find diverse styles of exceptional quality across the state. Ahead is a Tassie starter pack to seek out and try.
2016 Bay of Fires Eddystone Point Pinot Noir
Hand-picked predominantly from the Derwent Valley and East Coast of Tasmania, and has the excellent colour expected of Tasmanian pinots. The power and depth of the bouquet and palate are likewise right in the centre of varietal expression with a seamless fusion of cherries and plums of all kinds, oak submerged, tannins so silky they are lost in the folds of the fruit, but are there. Has been amassing gold medals and trophies.
RRP $31 | 2030 | Bay of Fires
2016 Holm Oak Riesling
The expressive bouquet has lime blossom, lime leaf and spice aromas, the palate filling the senses with the opposing influences of a titratable acidity of 7.5g/l and 8g/l of residual sugar. The flavours are akin to strobe lighting as they dash around the palate, lasting well into the aftertaste, the finish cleansing and pure.
RRP $25 | 2029 | Holm Oak
2011 Josef Chromy Vintage
One of five gold medals in a great class at the Tasmanian Wine Show '17. A chardonnay pinot noir blend, the primary fermentation employed a neutral yeast, the wine then spending five years on lees in bottle. Offers a rich array of white peach, creamy/nutty nuances balanced by natural acidity.
RRP $42 | 2022 | Josef Chromy Wines
2015 Dawson and James Chardonnay
Trophy at the Tasmanian Wine Show '17, thanks to its super-intense bouquet and super-long palate. Sometimes chardonnays can wear their acidity on their sleeve, but here it couples with a complex display of stone and citrus fruit with a garland of quality oak, finishing with bright (not excessive) acidity.
RRP $58 | 2027 | Dawson and James
2016 Bream Creek Sauvignon Blanc
Gold medals for sauvignon blanc in the Tasmanian Wine Show are rare beasts, making the award for this wine particularly meaningful. It's all about the vineyard, Fred Peacock a legendary viticulturist, the picking date spot on. The flavours offer the best of both worlds, with citrus, stone fruit and snow pea nuances woven tightly together. Titratable acidity and low level sweetness on the finish seal the deal.
RRP $27 | 2019 | Bream Creek
Next article: Meet Tasmanian winemaker Anna Pooley.