Despite the COVID-19 situation, we are pushing ahead with our cellar door at Bream Creek. As it stands, we hope to have civil works underway by October and a grand opening about May/June 2021. By that stage we hope all interstate borders will have re-opened! Stay tuned for regular updates….
FREE shipping continues for all orders of 6 bottles or more – and you can mix and match wines! We can send our wines direct to your door, and accept Visa, MasterCard and Amex. You can shop our range via our secure online store here. Our shipping providers currently have modified delivery requirements, given the need for social distancing and self-isolation. So, if you can, please leave directions with your order that your wine can be left on the front porch, under the verandah etc. However, like all good things this life, this offer must come to an end – hence free shipping will cease on 31 July 2020.
We are very proud to confirm the release of our 2018 Chardonnay and 2019 Pinot Rosé!
Our 2018 Chardonnay showcases citrus, green apple and integrated French oak aromas on the nose. Similar flavours feature on the palate; a complex and layered wine, it finishes with intensity and balance. Already a gold medal winner at the 2019 Berlin Wine Trophy Competition, this wine was recently awarded 5 stars by Winestate Magazine (full review below). You may enjoy this wine now, but it will also gain richness with careful cellaring. Food matches include slow cooked Scottsdale pork shoulder or herb roasted Marion Bay chicken – just the thing with winter well and truly here!
Our 2019 Pinot Rosé is produced from 100% Pinot Noir grapes and drawn solely from a small south facing block at our Bream Creek vineyard. This easy drinking style of wine shows enticing flavours of cranberries and strawberries on the nose and palate, finishing crisp and dry. It is ideal for informal entertaining and would suit a wide range of foods – such as barbecued Tasmanian seafood. The vintage conditions of 2019 mean that our ‘19 version is drier on the palate than the ‘18 vintage, with a lovely textural finish. This Pinot Rosé is an even more versatile food wine than one would normally expect!
That’s right! In the strange world of COVID19, why leave the safety of your house when your favourite Bream Creek wines can be delivered to your door! All of our current release wines are available for purchase via our secure website here. Remember that you can mix and match with the minimum order being only 6 bottles, plus we accept payment by Visa, MasterCard and Amex.
We are very pleased to release two new vintage Pinot Noir wines…..
Our 2018 Estate Pinot Noir has a fragrant nose of red and dark cherries with a hint of spice, supported by a refined and elegant palate of cherry and raspberry with a long finish and excellent tannins. Enjoyable now, this wine has the structure to age gracefully in your cellar. It is a dual Trophy winner (Trophy “Best Pinot Noir” at the 2019 Cowra Wine Show and Trophy “Best Pinot Noir” at the 2019 Rutherglen Wine Show) as well as being the winner of five gold medals (Class 127 2019 Cowra Wine Show, Class 214 2019 Rutherglen Wine Show, 2019 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2019 Asia Wine Trophy Competition & 2020 China “Best Value” Wine & Spirit Awards) and was recently described by Tasmanian based wine writer Winsor Dobbin as “long, intense and beautifully balanced”.
We consider our 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir to be one of the best wines we have made (to date). This is a complex and powerful wine, deserving of its Reserve status. Fragrant aromas of raspberry, cherry and violets flow onto a palate showing intense red cherry and red berry fruit flavours as well as earth and spice hints. With excellent length, balance and tannin structure, this limited release wine can be enjoyed now, yet will also reward careful cellaring. This is our most awarded wine we have ever released – winning 4 Trophies (“Best Pinot Noir”, “Best Australian Dry Red Wine – 2017 and 2016 Vintages” and “Best Table Wine Produced by a Small Winery” at the 2018 Rutherglen Wine Show, “Best Australian Red Wine” at the 2019 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition), a Platinum (Best in Show) Medal (97 points) at the 2019 Decanter Asia Wine Awards, a Double Gold Medal (1 of only 7 wines to be so awarded) at the 2019 Asia International Wine Competition and fourteen (yes, 14!) gold medals (2020 WineWise Championship, 2020 Sydney International Wine Competition, Class 33 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, 2019 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2019 China Best Value Wine & Spirits Awards, 2019 Berliner Wein Trophy Competition, 2019 Melbourne International Wine Competition, 2019 WineWise Small Vigneron Awards, 2019 Asia Wine Trophy Competition, 2019 China Wine & Spirit Awards, Class 27 2018 Royal Hobart Wine Show, Class 33 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, Class 214 2018 Rutherglen Wine Show).
Both these wines are now available for purchase via our secure website here. Remember that you can mix and match with the minimum order being only 6 bottles, plus we accept payment by Visa, MasterCard and Amex. The current free shipping offer is still current (so no freight cost!).
The start of the new calendar year has traditionally marked the release of several new wines, and 2020 is no different! We’re very pleased to announce the release of the following ‘duo’ of 2018 Riesling wines:
- 2018 “Old Vine” Reserve Riesling – We are the proud custodians of probably the oldest commercial Riesling block in Tasmania, planted in 1974. In excellent vintages we make a special Reserve Riesling solely from grapes picked from these old vines. This is a powerful and bold wine, with a fragrant nose of citrus and mineral characters flowing onto a lengthy palate of lemon and lime juice, as well as a hint of grapefruit. It is simply delicious now yet can be cellared with absolute confidence. Five gold medals and 96 points from James Halliday too, who commented that the wine “… simply ratchets up the power of all the inputs and will give pleasure when very young or very old – and any point along the way”.
- 2018 Estate Riesling – this wine is very much in our traditional style. An aromatic nose of lemon pith and lime juice flows onto a palate of bright citrus and green apple flavours as well as crisp Tasmanian acidity. The resulting wine has excellent length and is perfectly suited to a range of cuisines, including freshly grilled Tasmanian seafood. It has already been awarded three gold medals, while James Halliday awarded this wine 94 points, writing that it was “….finely structured and balanced; apple, lime and lemon flavours of a new-born wine; its future is assured, as the acidity and residual sugar are in balance. It will be a steady building process, offering pleasure every point along the way”.
The “Old Block” and the (not quite as old!) “Young Block” (planted in 1995) are mere metres apart yet show as independent and quite different wines. It is very interesting to try both and see the difference! You can purchase both of these new Riesling wines, as well as any of our other current release wines, via our secure online shop here – remember that you can mix and match with the total minimum order being only 6 bottles, and we accept payment by Visa, MasterCard or Amex.
Challenging would be an understatement in describing this season!
It is still extremely dry in the south and east of Tassie, as it has been for several seasons at least now. Early spring saw prolonged strong and unusually cold winds which slowed vine development. During flowering we experienced a continuation of the cold gusty conditions, with periods of short sharp rain showers that reduced the berry set significantly – but without making a useful contribution to soil moisture! Most vines flowered “short” – that is, they flowered before they had reached their usual growth stage. I would rate the weather at flowering this year as the worst I have seen since flowering in 2013.
Consequently we are expecting the majority of varieties and blocks to crop very lightly across much of Tassie, and I suspect this will result in a much reduced Tasmanian crop. Coupled with the disastrous conditions in many mainland vineyard districts one could anticipate that the total Australian wine grape crop will be noticeably lower this season.
As the heat and dry continues, and coupled with lower crop levels, we can probably expect an early and frantic vintage – which I feel is a sign of things to come!
We are looking forward to taking part in the annual Taste of Tasmania food and wine festival in Hobart. Located on Hobart’s waterfront between 28 December 2019 and 3 January 2020, this event is a celebration of the very best Tasmanian food and beverages. We are in the same place as last year – in the Shed, on the water side, towards the river end. With a huge fleet for the Sydney-Hobart this year, Hobart’s waterfront will really come alive – so we hope to see you there!
You may have read in previous newsletters of the success of our (pre-release) 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir. Well, to top off all the existing awards and trophies it has won, it has just been awarded the Trophy for “Best Australian Red Wine” at the 2019 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition. Given the number of Australian red wines entered in this wine show (especially Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz) this is quite a significant award!
In addition, we were very pleased to read that our 2012 Cuvée Traditionelle sparkling was just one of twenty sparkling wines (including expensive French champagnes) featured in the annual “James Halliday Top 100 Wines” magazine supplement in the Australian newspaper recently. James described our wine as “a most appealing and complex wine”, while also saying it was a bargain for consumers! To reinforce James’ selection, it was also awarded a gold medal at the 2019 National Cool Climate Wine Show.
To finish, our ever popular 2017 Estate Pinot Noir picked up its seventh (!) gold medal at the 2019 Australian Small Winemaker Show.
Both the 2017 Estate Pinot Noir and the 2012 Cuvée Traditionelle sparkling are available here via our secure online store. As always, the minimum order is just 6 bottles, you can “mix and match” the wines in your order – and we do accept American Express!
We are pleased to release the following wines:
- 2019 Schönburger: Thank you all for your patience – the wait is now over with the new vintage of this rare German grape now available!. This wine shows its traditional complex nose of lychee, rose petal and musk. The palate is luscious and persistent, with melon, guava and lychee flavours balanced by an excellent line of underlying acidity, resulting in a wine with a refreshing, clean finish. While ideal with sushi, shellfish or Asian style cuisine, this wine can complement an unusually wide range of foods.
- 2019 Pinot Grigio: Our premium cool climate Pinot Grigio reveals an aromatic nose of citrus and apples as well as a hint of spice. As is the case with classical ‘Grigio’ wines, the palate is dry and crisp, showcasing a combination of green apple and lemon flavours. Food matches would include spicy Indian and Thai foods, especially those with a touch of sweetness – or even with simple fish and chips!
Interested? These wines are now available here via our secure online store. As always, the minimum order is just 6 bottles, you can “mix and match” the wines in your order and yes – we do accept American Express!
We’ve also received a great start to the 2020 wine show season. A summary of recent results includes:
- The Trophy for “Best Pinot Noir” and top Gold medal for our (pre-release) 2018 Estate Pinot Noir at the 2019 Cowra Wine Show.
- The Trophy for “Best Sparkling Wine” and top Gold medal for our 2012 Cuvée Traditionelle at the 2019 Cairns Wine Show (alas, no wine show dinner for this long running wine show so no opportunity for me to enjoy a quick trip to warmer climes!)
- A “Grand” Gold medal for our 2005 Late Disgorged Sparkling at the 2019 Berliner Wine Trophy Competition (Summer Tasting) in Berlin, Germany (one of only 19 such medals awarded – given that there were 6,286 entries it means this wine was placed in the top 0.3% of wines at this show!) We only made around 400 bottles (yes, bottles) of this wine and it will only be available from our soon to be constructed cellar door at Bream Creek – another reason to book that trip to Tassie for mid to late next year!
- Gold medals for our 2018 ‘Old Vine’ Reserve Riesling ( 2019 Cowra Wine Show and 2019 Berliner Wine Trophy Competition (Summer Tasting)), 2018 Estate Riesling (2019 Berliner Wine Trophy Competition (Summer Tasting)), 2018 Chardonnay (2019 Berliner Wine Trophy Competition (Summer Tasting)), 2017 Sauvignon Blanc (2019 Berliner Wine Trophy Competition (Summer Tasting)), 2017 Reserve Chardonnay (2019 Berliner Wine Trophy Competition (Summer Tasting) and 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir (2019 Melbourne International Wine Competition).
The 2012 Cuvée, 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Reserve Chardonnay are all currently available, while the remaining wines will be released next year – so keep an eye on your emails!
James Halliday is arguably Australia’s best-known wine writer and critic. His annual “Wine Companion”, the preeminent guide to the best wines produced in this country, was released in early August and we were very, very pleased to have received an entire page of very positive reviews, including the following reviews for current release wines in our range:
“Opens with great colour; mouth filling waves of black cherry and satsuma plum follow precisely in the tracks of the bouquet. It has exception finesse, line, length and balance. Trophies: Best Tasmanian Red Wine and Best Tasmanian Wine Hobart Wine Show ’18, plus significant gold medals in other shows. 96 points
“Exceptional colour; a best-barrel selection from its ’16 siblings, with more depth and intensity to its array of dark fruit flavours. A showcase of gold medals, six from Asian competitions, and three from reliable sources including Sydney and Melbourne.” 96 points
“60% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay, disgorged Oct ’18. Around 80% of the base wine spent 5 months in very old French oak to allow MLF [malolactic fermentation] to develop naturally before the wine was tiraged and spent 6 years on lees. A most appealing wine, the price a bargain for consumers, but causing the bank manager to weep.” 95 points
“Estate-grown, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild fermented and matured in French oak for 9 months (20% new). Picked at perfect ripeness, white peach, melon and grapefruit all present and correct. No hint of the fearsome Tasmanian acidity. Double-gold San Francisco International Wine Competition ’18. 13.2% alc.” 95 points
“Crushed and destemmed, tank fermented. Shows the strawberries and cream character that this variety typically produces as a rose. Quite mouthfilling on the palate, but the freshness and liveliness gives it a feeling of buoyancy which adds to its appeal. Essentially dry, but there is some fruit sweetness which suggests it will drink well with a good chill.” 92 points
“Displays its cool climate origins on the bouquet with some green leafiness, but the varietal characters of blackcurrant, redcurrant, mulberry and cedar are attractive. The flavours are ripe and the palate is soft until the firm, drying tannin takes over. Needs a bit of time.“ 91 points
We’re also very pleased to retain our 5-star rating, awarded to an “[o]utstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality, and did so this year”, generally with two wines ranked 95 points or more – which we comfortably reached!