This island state has less than 1% of Australia’s vineyards and just 0.1% of wine is exported, but that hasn’t muffled the huge buzz surrounding its cool-climate potential. Huon Hooke finds very good things come in small packages...
Huon Hooke’s top 10 Tasmanian wines
Clover Hill, Vintage Brut, Pipers River 2008
Toasty, bready bouquet with lots of yeast and bottle-aged character. Vibrant in the mouth: very complex with layers of flavour, intensity and drive. Clean, dry finish.
Price: £25.99 Alliance Wine, Carruthers & Kent
Jansz, Vintage Cuvée, Pipers River 2007
Lemon and honey aromas with bready, toasty and nutty overtones. Complex and subtle, refined and attractive with a delicate and beautifully proportioned palate.
Price: £21.99 Flagship Wines, Fraziers, Free Run Juice, Highbury Vintners, Reserve Wines, SH Jones, Slurp
Heemskerk, Chardonnay 2012
Shy, restrained aroma hinting at malt, flowers and honey. Delicate, refined and restrained palate of great intensity, line and length, holding a lot in reserve. A great wine of class and finesse.
Price: £27.50 (2011, in bond) Laithwaite’s
Tolpuddle, Chardonnay, Coal Valley 2012
Very restrained in all respects. The bouquet has great subtlety and harmony, with elements of creamy lees notes, cashew and white peach. Tremendously fine and long, with seamless acidity. Lovely.
Price: £45-£59 Halifax Wine Co, Harvey Nichols, Hedonism, No2 Pound Street, Oz Wines
Bay of Fires, Riesling 2013
Very fresh, bright floral and struck-flint mineral aromas. Delicate in the mouth, fresh and taut, delivering a lot of fruit flavour. Superb, and will reward cellaring.
Price: N/A UK bayoffireswines.com.au
Dawson & James, Chardonnay, Derwent Valley 2011
Oak aromas of smoky bacon plus grapefruit and toast. Discreet and subtle yet has great length. Finely poised and balanced, building intensity along the palate.
Price: £46.99 Liberty Wines
Domaine A, Lady A Fumé Blanc, Coal Valley 2010
Rich, powerful oaky bouquet, with concentrated, sweetly ripe fruit. A ‘worked’ wine, made in the cellar: barrel- fermented, long, focused and powerful, needing time.
Price: £69.99 Alliance Wine
Home Hill, Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir, Huon Valley 2012
Bright and youthful all round: red cherry, spice and coconut aromas; clean and vibrant. Elegant medium- weight palate, of succulent, sweet fruit – utterly delicious. Will be long-lived.
Price: N/A UK homehillwines.com.au
Freycinet Vineyard, Pinot Noir, East Coast 2012
Discreet, dark cherry, violet and blueberry aromas, with a little note of undergrowth. A powerful Pinot of wonderful flavour: tight, firm and full in the mouth with density and gravitas.
Price: £45.83 (2008) Noel Young
Pooley, Butcher’s Hill Pinot Noir, Coal Valley 2012
Spicy, ripe, dark cherry fruit aromas and attractive supporting oak. A stylish wine that is full and flavoursome, elegant and balanced, with good structure and texture. Rich, satisfying finish.
Price: N/A UK pooleywines.com.au