Tuesday 30 April 2019

Stefano Lubiana 2017 Estate Chardonnay

Stefano and Monique Lubiana's 25-hectare estate overlooks the River Derwent at Granton, half an hour north of Hobart. With a focus on chardonnay and pinot noir, it produces some of Tasmania's finest estate wines- and is certified organic and biodynamic. This new release is hugely impressively, using fruit grown from two different terroirs on the one vineyard, one grey gravelly loam over clay and the other red loam over gravel. There is a distinct minerality akin to Chablis to be found here in a wine of delightful balance. Citrus and stone fruit notes, mellow oak and chilled tannins combine to create a wine that is both stylish and food-friendly.$58. www.slw.com.au

Saturday 20 April 2019

La Villa 2018 Savagnin

La Villa is a tiny family wine producer run by Marcus and Gail Burns at Spreyton in the north-west of Tasmania that used to be called Emilia, until locals from the Emilia-Romagna part of Italy from which they had taken their inspiration ojected and forced a change of branding. The wines, with Fran Austin and Shane Holloway as consultants, are of high quality across the board but this is particularly interesting; a crisp, dry white made from the savagnin grape that originates in the Jura region of France. This is the first vintage of savagnin from La Villa - and to my knowledge the only one in Tasmania - and it has produced a dry white that's both aromatic and minerally. Delicious drinking for $30.

Saturday 13 April 2019

42 South 2018 Rosé

Frogmore Creek winemaker Alain Rousseau is in the zone right now, producing some very fine wines across the winery's portfolio. 42°S is the central latitude of Tasmania and reflects the cool-climate vineyards in which the grapes are grown. This is one of those rare rosé wines that is actually a blend of red and white grapes; in this case 87% pinot noir, 8% chardonnay and 5% pinot gris. It is bright, fresh and fruity but with a crisp dry finish. Perfect with a Lebanese mezze plate. $30. 

Friday 5 April 2019

Cash & Co. Francis Freeling Vintage Brut Cuvée

Former sommelier Joseph Burton now runs his own wine distribution company and has just released the first wine he has crafted: a Tasmanian sparkling from the 2013 vintage. He sourced some undisgorged wine (50% chardonnay and 50% pinot noir) from a Tamar Valley producer and then worked with another estate to create the dosage, blend the finished product and give the wine 67 months on lees before release. The end result is impressive, an edgy, straw-coloured and complex sparkling wine that has an impressive mousse and some tart freshness, along with mushroom/brioche complexity. The back story concerns Tasmanian bushranger Martin Cash and the convict ship the Francis Freeling. This is a project that has come together very impressively. Tasmanian artist Luke Wagner designed the label. $56. https://joseph-burton-wines.net