TASMANIA

Home to the Tasmanian devil, the world’s cleanest air and high quality premium wines.  

Located  41 - 43°S , Tasmanina is an island located 250km off the southern coast of Australia making it not only the country’s most southern wine region but also the coolest.  They enjoy a mild maritime climate so varieties that are better suited to cooler conditions are planted here like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (although some vineyards are increasing plantings with other varieties such as Pinot Gris and Riesling).  Pinot Noir is the largest grape variety planted (44%), followed by Chardonnay (27%).  Even though much of this is destined to make sparkling wine, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Tasmania have a high reputation for quality still wine.  With current plantings at 2,000 ha, Tasmania contributes to less than 1% of Australia’s total wine production. 

Known as one GI (Geographical Indication), subregions in Tasmania are mainly centred around the major cities (Launceston in the North and Hobart in the South). 

  • Tamar Valley
  • Pipers River
  • Coal River Valley
  • Derwent Valley

Pinot Noir from Tasmania tends to be light to medium bodied in style with medium + to high acidity and medium alcohol.  These wines often show distinct characteristics of cherry and strawberry.

Chardonnay from Tasmania tends to be medium bodied with characteristics of white peach, apple and pear.  Although naturally high in acid, most producers ferment in the barrel and employ the use of malolactic fermentation.

Want to try something from Tasmania?  Try the 2018 Tolpuddle Pinot Noir.  97/100 Decanter 

For more information visit Wine Tasmania.

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