When Mike Sharman planted the first vines at Relbia in 1986, he was the pioneer of the region, and he did so in the face of a widespread belief that it was too far inland, and frost- prone. He proved the doomsayers wrong, helped by the slope of the vineyard draining cold air away from the vines. In 2012 the property was acquired by Dr Ian and Melissa Murrell and Matt and Miranda Creak. Both Mike and his viticulturist, Bill Rayner, continue to help with the management of the vineyard, with direction from Matt. An additional 3.5ha of vines were planted, the larger plantings being 2.3ha of pinot noir and 1ha each of chardonnay and pinot gris; the balance is made up of smaller plantings of riesling, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz, muscat, saperavi and dornfelder - a mixed grill if ever there was one.
Jeremy Dineen, Ockie Myburgh, Stewart Bryne
W'ends 11-5 Mar-May and Sept, 7 days Dec-Feb
175 Glenwood Road, Relbia, Tas 7258
(03) 6343 0773