Greg Melick wears more hats than most people manage in a lifetime. He is a major general (the highest rank in the Australian Army Reserve) a top level barrister (senior counsel) and has presided over a number of headline special commissions and enquiries into subjects as diverse as cricket match–fixing and the Beaconsfield mine collapse. More recently he became deputy president of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and chief commissioner of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission. Yet, if asked, he would probably nominate wine as his major focus in life. Having built up an exceptional cellar of the great wines of Europe, he has turned his attention to grapegrowing and winemaking, planting almost 3ha of riesling at his vineyard in the Coal River Valley. It is on a perfect north-facing slope, and the Mosel-style rieslings are making their mark. His multi-clone pinot noir block (just over 4ha) is also striking gold. Exports to the US, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Located in Tasmania’s Coal River Valley Pressing Matters is a small vineyard and winery that produces high quality, award winning riesling and pinot noir. By having only two varieties of grapes Pressing Matters is focused on producing wines that bring out the best of these varieties. Our four styles of riesling have varying levels of residual sugar, meaning we are able to allow the fruit to express all of its characters over a range of wine styles. Our pinot noir has over 20 different clone/ rootstock combinations all processed separately to allow each of their different characteristics to show. These are then blended into the best wines possible.
Riesling and pinot noir
Overlooking the vineyard and with spectacular views down the Coal River Valley the cellar door at Pressing Matters is an ideal place to taste through the range of wines. The tasting table is a fantastic slab of Huon Pine resting on two barrels and looking out at the vines is breath taking.
Open by appointment you are guaranteed a cosy, intimate tasting with knowledgeable people that work at the vineyard. Well worth a visit! Head to the website to book a tasting. pressingmatters.com.au
Open most days 10am - 4pm (by appointment).
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