Friday, 30 November 2018
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Both the 2017 Bay of Fires Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are in top form; impressive statements of cool-climate quality. The fruit for this wine doesn't actually come from anywhere near the Bay of Fires, it is a blend of fruit from East Coast Tasmania and the Derwent Valley. This is a chardonnay of excellent balance with both stone fruit and citrus flavours, with wild yeast allied to quality French oak to produce a complex wine that is drinking well now with impressive length, but can confidently be cellared for three or four years. Look out for this one on special as I've seen it priced well under the RRP of $50. www.bayoffireswines.com.au.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Laurel Bank is one of Tasmania's best-kept wine secrets. Established by Kerry Carland in 1986 at Granton, just 20 minutes north of the Hobart CBD, the Laurel Bank vines are next door to those of Stefano Lubiana, overlooking the Derwent River at Granton. This is a delightful riesling, older as a current release than many of its compadres, but drinking superbly. There is a fragrant floral/citrus nose leading to a nicely-rounded palate with stone fruit, grapefruit peel and flinty elements in harmony. There is a crisp finish but also some mouth-filling juiciness. Ready to enjoy right now. $25. www.laurelbankwines.com.au
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
This is an ideal wine for enjoying chilled over the fast-approaching summer months. Made from pinot noir grapes grown on a small vineyard outside Bicheno on Tasmania's East Coast, it is estate-grown and hand-picked, has strawberry fruit flavours and finishes dry with bright, fresh acid crispness. Terrific with picnics and a star with Lebanese dips and bread. The two previous vintages of this sold out, so it might pay to be quick. Good work from consultant winemaker Alain Rousseau. $35. www.macleanbaywines.com.au.