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Tasmania has some of Australia's coolest and best sites for pinot noir. This wine, made by Tamar Ridge, is a great introduction to the style, bursting with tart red-berry and cranberry flavours, fine tannins, spice and a refreshing finish. Mouthwatering and fresh in style, this slips down easily!
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Brown Brothers are among the most famous and respected of longstanding Australian wine producers with a range that encompasses every almost every style made Down Under. Established by John Francis Brown in 1889 at Milawa in the King Valley region of Victoria, they have over the years shown themselves to be inspired innovators with a keen perception of what the market wants without compromising on the high-quality that has ensured their place in the pantheon of great Antipodean producers. They make some 60 different wines and grow 45 different varieties. Now on to the fourth generation, they are members of the prestigious First Families of Wine initiative in Australia, an alliance of the family owned and run winemaking concerns that represent the very best of Australia’s wine heritage over many decades.The family are still based at Milawa but also own four other estates in Victoria and two in Tasmania. On the latter they acquired the Tamar Ridge estate which also makes Devils Corner wines, as well as the famous Pirie company. Across all the estates they crush some 18,000 tons of grapes but because of the sheer diversity of the range head winemaker Wendy Cameron has to oversee a great many small batch ferments and as a result many different techniques are employed.Despite their expansion and range the family is absolutely committed to sustainability in viticulture and winemaking. Programs for water management, waste management, integrated pest management, soil health and ecologically sound packaging are all in place.Visitors to the cellar door may find wines available that are not yet commercially available. This is the family’s testing ground where wines are tried out on a willing public. If it doesn’t cut it at the cellar door it probably won’t see the light of day on the wider market. The nearby test vineyards are constantly being planted with new varieties to see how they perform before any upscaling takes place. Even the glera grape of Prosecco is being grown before becoming an Aussie version of the Italian bubbly. Italy and Spain are particular inspirations at the moment, but who knows where their curiosity and passion will take them next. Is it any wonder they have been so successful?
A place of beautiful landscapes, this quaint island is separated from mainland Australia by the 240km stretch of the Bass Strait, and is a wine lover's and fisherman's dream. Boasting some of the world's finest seafood, its temperate climate makes it Australia's coolest wine producing region. As would be expected, sparkling wine, riesling and chardonnay thrive in Tasmania, but pinot noir can be exceptional, with a delicacy and lift often lacking in wines from the mainland.The vineyards are in the main part clustered close to the two major urban areas, the state capital Hobart in the south and Launceston in the north, though there are no geographical demarcations within the island and no matter where the grapes come from the wine is labelled ‘Tasmania’.The west coast of Tasmania is one of the wettest parts of Australia, but the area around Hobart is one of its driest and all the commercial vineyards sit in the east. The Coal River, Huon Valley and Derwent Valley areas embrace Hobart and are warmer and drier than other vineyard zones, and the Coal River sometimes requires irrigation. Around Launceston in the north the Tamar and Piper’s River areas are cooler, though Tamar is warmer than Piper’s Brook to the extent that it is not considered ideal for pinot noir plantings. The bottom line is that it is not easy to pigeonhole the larger areas of Tasmania and one is required to zoom in to examine districts and even vineyards. The geography and climate is complex and there are bound to be even more improvement as growers, especially those new to the island, get to grips with the variety of terroirs and the wonderful possibilities they offer.
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Rotherham Advertiser 5th Jan 2019
"A great introduction
to the style, bursting with tart red berry and cranberry flavours, fine
tannins, spice and a refreshing finish. Mouthwatering and fresh in style, this
slips down easily! - David Clay"
"Surprisingly pale and light to the eye and the mouth. I was looking forward to a Tasmanian wine, in particular since I may be there later in the year. This wine I found disappointing."
Dr David Preston (24-Feb-2018)
"Frankly, the kind of wine that gives Pinot Noir a bad name. Beyond the pallid colour which is quite a shock, I moved almost immediately on to a Blindspot Yarra Yarra Pinot, which was better if by no means a deal maker for Australian Pinot Noir. My over-riding feeling with regard to this wine? I can't really see the point.
As another review points out, at this price point there is better for less. Pinot Noir should not be about finesse for finesse's sake, and it is a mistake to accept dilution as a adequate interpretation of Pinot's argued, and sometime misconstued, nuance.
Admittedly, I write this from my home in Pinot's heartland, the Côte d'Or. A hard comparison!"
Mr Matthew F Hayes (18-Dec-2017)
"The other reviews are absolutely correct - and this is truly the lightest P.N. I have ever tasted, almost Germanic, alongside this wine a basic Beaujolais Village would seem heavy. And there's the rub... I do indeed like light wines but there are much better offerings available (at less cost) from TWS Beaujolais range, or (upwards in price) an Alsace P.N ?. Could be that it needs a few months or perhaps a year in bottle - so I will leave my other bottle and wait to see."
Mr Tim Potts (23-Jun-2017)
"Astonishingly pale - almost rosé - pinot noir. Full of zingy fresh red fruit flavours - raspberry, cranberry, cherry - and a really delicate use of oak. Medium bodied is, I think, pushing it a bit, but a lovely fresh fruity pinot noir. Definitely at one end of the spectrum though! Ribena is pretty dark next to this one, but that is an observation, not a criticism. The wonderful thing with Pinot Noir, for me, is that it can express itself so wonderfully across a range of styles an this is most definitely worth trying."
Mr Rob Burgeman (27-Apr-2017)
Decanter (4th Oct 2017)
approachable, with lifted violet aromas and herbal riffs, fresh summer pudding
savouriness and velvet tannins. - Sarah Ahmed"
The Guardian (17th Jun 2017)
[Tasmanian wine] … light, fruity, almost gamay-like ... This is a red wine you
could easily drink with grilled fish. - Fiona Beckett"
Press & Journal (13th May 2017)
"… really pale even
for a Pinot. With raspberry and crunchy red currant aromas, it's light bodied
and so well balanced with juicy fruit and red cherry notes. - Carol Brown"
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