Thursday 13 June 2024

Glaetzer-Dixon Family Winemakers 2021 Reveur Pinot Noir

Here is a serious, cellar-worthy pinot noir for those who enjoy their red wines with intensity and complexity. A blend of fruit from two Coal River Valley vineyards, it is dark and composed with plummy and black cherry characters front and centre with some classic cool-climate spice notes and some restrained oak influence. This is a finely poised wine, impressively balanced, that can be enjoyed in the short term, or benefit from 5-10 years of cellaring. $56.

Thursday 6 June 2024

Holm Oak 2023 The Wizard Chardonnay

So you like your chardonnays with complexity and texture? You’ve come to the right place. This is the top of the range chardonnay from Tamar Valley producers Holm Oak - and it really hits the mark for anyone looking for an elegant but full-flavoured chardy. Barrel fermentation with 66% new oak and 100% wild fermentation, followed by two-thirds malo has given this plenty of oomph while retaining varietal character. More on the stone fruit side of the spectrum with some appealing herbal notes and vanilla oak making an impact without intruding. From a very good vintage for quality, this would pair well with shellfish dishes, or perhaps a creamy seafood risotto. $65.

Thursday 30 May 2024

Delamere 2022 Block 8 Pinot Noir


This is the flagship pinot noir in Delamere's impressive range - and undoubtedly one of the best in Tasmania. Wife and husband team Fran Austin and Shane Holloway craft some exquisite estate wines from their vineyards at Pipers Brook in the north of the state. This has varietal character, complexity and impressive structure, along with a big dollop of yum. The Block wines - there is also an impressive 2022 Block 3 Chardonnay - come from the best two or three barriques of each vintage. This is made from 40+ year old vines with 30% whole bunch adding textural feel. There were only 600 bottles made, so it will be the quick and the thirsty who will be lucky, even at $135 a bottle.     

Thursday 23 May 2024

Five Bob 2022 Pinot Noir


Five Bob is the newest label in the fast-emerging d'Entrecasteaux region south of Hobart. New vineyards were planted in 2018 to the two varieties that shine in southern Tasmania; pinot noir and chardonnay, along with some pinot gris and riesling. This has an appealing youthful energy to it, with vibrant varietal characters and plenty of vim and vigour. Five Bob is located at Birchs Bay and the wines are made - in tiny quantities - just down the road at Mewstone by talented Jonny Hughes. Think 20% whole bunch, gently pressed, and aged in seasoned French oak. Unfiltered and unfined, Only 780 bottles made. One for drinking in its youth, I think, and it paired well with lamb burgers and Mediterranean vegetables. $45..

Thursday 16 May 2024

Glaetzer Dixon Family Winemakers 2023 Überblanc

Überblanc is winemaker Nick Glaetzer's Tasmanian tribute to the elegant style of rieslings made in Pfalz region of Germany - an area he worked in while learning his craft. Glaezter, who works from an urban winery in Hobart (visit if you get the chance), is best known for his red wines, but this has a cult following for its crisp but textural appeal. It is beautifully balanced with lees treatment adding to the mouthfeel and structure. Think citrus; think minerality, think immediate drinking pleasure. The fruit is a blend of 70% Tamar Valley from the north of Tasmania and 30% from the Coal River Valley outside Hobart. $30 each by the dozen from the webiste. We paired this with seared tuna and aubergine. It worked a treat. 

Thursday 9 May 2024

Holm Oak 2023 Chardonnay


Looking for a vivacious, cool-climate chardonnay that is very food friendly? You've come to the right place. Husband and wife team Tim and Bec Duffy have come up with the goods with this new-release Tamar Valley chardonnay that offers a lot of immediate drinking pleasure. Like most Tassie chardonnays, this is elegant and high in natural acidity. There is nice balance between lemon and white stone fruit characters while French oak and natural ferment are key elements in creating palate interest, along with partial malo and occasional lees stirring. There is youthful drive while the finish is driven by brisk acidity. Pair with poultry dishes for max pleasure. $40.

Thursday 2 May 2024

Stefano Lubiana 2022 La Roccia Pinot Noir

Stefano, Monique and Marco Lubiana are at the vanguard of organic and biodynamic winemaking in Tasmania. This is one of a trio of individual site pinots they release annually to demonstrate the difference that can exist between grapes grown on three different blocks, all within 500 metres of each other. This compellingly nuanced pinot is made from fruit grown on terra rossa soil with limestone chalk on their estate at Granton, north of Hobart and overlooking the River Derwent. It is a serious wine with plenty of depth of flavour and definite stony minerality. All three wines - the others are the Rusecllo and Il Giardino - are made using 100% whole bunch and wild ferment before being gravity filled into large format, mainly older, French oak. Unfined, unfiltered and deserving of at least five years in the cellar. $110.