Yes, vintage 2015 started for Bream Creek on 20 March 2015, when we picked Chardonnay from Block D for our Cuvee sparkling. Our cool site not only produces fabulous grape flavours but also allows the retention of natural acid which is vital for the production of premium sparkling wine. While crop yields will, like last year, be modest, we are very excited by the quality we are already seeing – especially Pinot Noir, Riesling and Schönburger.
An interesting and challenging season so far with some weird weather from mid November onward. Bouts of strong wind, recent heavy rain and a period of “mizzle” in early December look like making for a lighter than average crop. However, the vine canopies (ie the leaves!) are looking very powerful and unstressed for this time of year. It has been quite mild on average, hence ripening is running to our normal schedule and we expect to start netting in very early February. As the weather seems to have settled and is warming up now we are feeling pretty confident of some great fruit although perhaps at lower production levels than average. It’s the familiar story of quantity and quality – and the latter is paramount in our eyes!
We are very pleased that Bream Creek has just been awarded the Trophy for “Most Successful Tasmanian Exhibitor” at the 2014 Royal Hobart International Wine Show! This is the second time in six years that we have won this prestigious trophy, and we think it is reflective of the consistent high quality of our wines across a range of vintages, varieties and wine styles.
We are proud to announce the release of three new vintages in our portfolio. They are:
2012 Riesling – this vintage shows rich flavours of lime juice, perfectly balanced by crisp Tassie acidity. Recipient of two gold medals, 96 points and a “Best of the Best” rating from James Halliday and 95 points from each of Huon Hooke and Wine Showcase Magazine.
2014 ‘Mosaic’ – inspired by the Moscato wines of north-west Italy, this is a combination of our rare German Schönburger variety with Fred’s favourite variety, Gewürztraminer.
2014 Pinot Rosé – deliberately made in a drier style to better accompany a range of fine foods, it is also perfect for informal summer entertaining.
These wines are perfectly suited to sunny days over Christmas and can be purchased through our online store.
It’s been a pretty mixed season so far – a very dry winter and spring which prompted us to do some irrigating during late October. We had some quite cool weather, and for a while the vines were slow to develop, but recent warm sunny weather suddenly arrived, the vine leaves darkened in colour and they grew away. We have just started flowering in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, so hoping for some nice warm, sunny and settled weather.