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Date of tasting: 05/03/2010
Location: Old School Wines
With one of the most diverse climates in Australia Tasmania offers numerous styles of wine, distinct geographical locations and an array of excellent potential for a number of grape varieties. It is clear that now focus surrounds a number of distinct cool climate varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling however successful experimentation with more exotic varieties and old favourites such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc only further emphasise the potential of the island. As vine age increases and vast sums of money are invested in this sleeping giant many great things are predicted (and have already been happening) in the islands viticulture.
Couple all the above with a distinct focus on sustainability both in the vineyards and around it, over 40% of the island is protected by World Heritage and the 12% share of Australia's water supply providing a near complete supply of hydro power for the island. An eclectic gastronomy of prized sea food, cheese, asparagus, pink eye potatoes, quail, wild venison, saffron and truffles also serves to mimic the classic old world regions synergy of a distinct eating culture coupled with distinct wine styles.
No wonder we are excited to present some of the finest wines from well established producers including Andrew Pirie, Peter and Ruth Althaus (Domaine A), La La Gully and a host of other treats.