Tasmanian White Wine Weekend
My bests by varietal
Arras Brut Elite NV – Beautiful, bright colour with an entrancingly bright mousse. Filled with creamy, nutty brilliance, and a teasing mineral edge. Based mostly on the 2006 base, I thought this far outshone the other sparklings at the event. 94 points
Honourable mention – Kreglinger Vintage Brut 2006 – warm, smooth and a gorgeous goldish-yellow colour. A really find blend of pinot noir/chardonnay, and quite a fine texture to this too.
A very, very close call between two of the sweeter Rieslings in the spectrum. The dry Rieslings seemed to be a little closed for me, lacking the varietal zest and fruit that I would have expected, but all showed the beautiful Tasmanian acid line.
Frogmore Creek FGR Riesling 2013 – mouth-filling tropical goodness, extremely sweet from the forty grams residual sugar (as the name suggests). A luxurious mix of fruits that would make many a meal sing over the next few months. 92 points.
Honourable mention – Darlington TGR Riesling 2014 – Half the residual sugar of the Frogmore Creek, but not lacking in varietal punch, and really went pound for pound in the fruit stakes. Just as complex as the Frogmore, but not quite the explosive fruit finish.
Spring Vale Gewurztraminer 2014 – Nothing much stood out about the wine until the long, fruit-filled finish. Not as sweet as you would expect, actually on the drier end of the Gewurz spectrum. The finish keeps at you! 89 points.
Pipers Brook Estate Pinot Gris 2013 – Gorgeously generous fruit on the clean, crisp and fruited style. Minerally edge to the wine, but easily the best fruited and the best balanced of this varietal. 91 points.
Honourable mention - Bay of Fires Pinot Gris 2013, 42S Pinot Grigio 2014. Equally fighting it out for a close-run thing, both these wines showed great texture on a style traditionally seen as less complex.
Winter Brook Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – mixed reports on this vintage, but this wine stood out for me with its fine acid line, generous lychees and herbaceous notes, and some very ample tropical fruits. 89 points.
Moores Hill Chardonnay 2013 – Extremely interesting fruit, yeast and biscuit notes, and quite warm on the nose. Persistently, hammeringly long, keep hitting me. Minerals, brioche and everything scrummy and yummy about Chardonnay, with a clean wrapping. 94+ points.
Honourable mentions – Tamar Ridge Chardonnay 2012 (93+ points), Bay of Fires Chardonnay 2013 (93 points)– Both wines duked it out for a close race to the finish, and both are hugely impressive. Such a wide open race for my Chardonnay preference! Tas Chardonnay is really becoming quite the king of this varietal – look out everyone else!
Bream Creek Late Picked Schönburger 2010 – Extremely luscious Turkish delight, I could gobble this down all day with a block of Turkish delight chocolate. Beautifully expressive, with a balanced finish. Treads a tight-rope of flavour and sweetness. 93+ points.
Honourable mention – Milton Estate Iced Riesling 2013 – I was literally swimming in figs and dried figs here. Such a generous amount of fruit, but not so sweet as to give you a headrush. A fantastic accompaniment to quince paste and cheese, please!
Good drinking to you!
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