Thursday 27 April 2023

Bream Creek 2022 Estate Pinot Noir


For almost 50 years Bream Creek has been delivering great value wines from the south-east corner of Tasmania. The estate vineyard overlooks Maria Island. This is a classic cool-climate Tassie pinot without the price tag of some of its Apple Isle compadres. There is an aromatic nose of dark fruits and spices, which leads on to a palate alive with vibrant cherry, plum and berries flavours. This finishes long and has an impressive tannin structure which suggests cellaring potential. But why wait? It is delicious now with a lamb backstrap, or perhaps a platter of Tasmanian cheeses. $45.

Thursday 20 April 2023

Brown Brothers 2021 Patricia Chardonnay


Brown Brothers, one of Australia's leading family wine producers, has made a major investment in Tasmania. Not only does it own and operate labels including Tamar Ridge, Devil's Corner and Pirie, it is also now sourcing Tasmania fruit for wines including its own high-end sparkling wines, and for this exquisite chardonnay, which is made from fruit grown on the the East Coast and the Tamar Valley. Only released in outstanding years, this vintage was whole bunch-pressed and barrel fermented but the stellar cool-climate fruit remains the star turn. Vibrant but impeccably balanced, it is elegant, with bright acid, citrus and white stone fruit notes. French oak sits in the background and the wine has a lovely mouthfeel. Worth a splurge, perhaps for Mother's Day. $60.  

Thursday 13 April 2023

Delamere Vineyard 2021 Pinot Noir


Family-owned and -operated Delamere is a Pipers River producer that has built a formidable reputation for consistent quality. I'm a little bit late reviewing this excellent pinot crafted by Shane Holloway and Fran Austin with their website showing the remaining bottles at the winery are only available for club members. That said, some rooting around at quality wine retailers might pay dividends. This is a classic cool-climate pinot with red berry fruits to the fore, with hints of minerality and spice adding to a complex palate. This a 100% estate wine and is designed to be enjoyed with food, perhaps duck or quail would be the best partners. Given this fast-rising prices for high-end Tassie pinots, this is very fairly priced at $65. 

Thursday 6 April 2023

Pirie Tasmania 2011 Late Disgorged


Pirie remains a shining light in the Tasmanian sparkling wine sphere, even though founder Andrew Pirie departed years ago. This is one for aged sparkling aficionados, having been recently disgorged after spending a decade on yeast lees. That results in a melange of complexity and freshness with classic citrus and brioche notes on the nose. A traditional golden blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, it has length and depth, meaning it is a pleasing partner for a range of cuisines. It comes in a special presentation box, making it an ideal present for any lover of mature bubbles - but it is not for everyone. Winemaker Tom Wallace only produces this cuvĂ©e from outstanding vintages. $145.