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Vintage 2014

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Vintage 2014 is upon us and we are now processing grapes onsite in our brand new straw bale winery. Its been a long 8 months but whilst its not quite 100% finished it well and truly functional and working a treat. With Viticulturist Andrew Hanigan and our new Winemaker John Schuts on the ground things are running as smoothly as can be.20140403 150010 resized 2

 

Henry Jones Wine Dinner

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Join us at The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart for a 5 course degustation dinner matched to our wines. Henry's Restaurant Executive Chef Andre Kropp have teamed up with Viticulturist Andrew Hanigan and Winemaker John Schuts and invite you to come along and enjoy the night. Click for more details Henry Jones Wine Dinner

   

Vintage Focus

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2007 – a worthwhile challenge

If ever there was a year that proved success doesn't come easy, this was it. A small cropping year to begin with, Tasmania experienced the whole gamut of nature's challenges. A very dry spring combined with some unusual weather patterns resulted in a very rare "black" frost , an event where the temperature drops so quickly that the cold air has no chance to drain safely away, and even snow almost down to sea level with a few very unlucky people losing their entire crop. Luckily our vineyard with its elevated position on the banks of the Derwent River provided a perfect moderating effect to ensure no damage occured.
The lack of rainfall heading into summer had an effect on canopy development and resulted in the vines producing smaller and fewer berries than average.
Bushfires over the warm dry summer also affected many growers in Tasmania and Victoria. Once again we escaped any damage and the low crops and warmth ensured flavour and sugar development began early.

Out of all this natural chaos came wines which, rather than showing the flamboyant lusciousness of other small years, retained an elegance and balance which only now is revealing itself as perhaps one of Derwent Estate's best ever vintages.

In particular, the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are showing beautifully but we will leave Jancis Robinson, perhaps the most notable of the world's wine-writers, to describe them.

Derwent Estate Chardonnay 2007 Tasmania

17/20 Drink 2010-2017
Their first oaked Chardonnay. Very neat and well balanced. Nothing out of kilter. Fresh and focused. Tight but not ungenerous. Great texture. Dry finish. 12%

Derwent Estate Pinot Noir 2007 Tasmania

16/20 Drink 2011-2018
Darker crimson than most Tassie Pinots. Very pure and rich and fresh too. Hint of medicinal notes. Fresh and dry on the end. Herby. Racy and dry and very appetising. Spicy but not sweet. 13.5%

Jancis
Jancis Robinson and Andrew outside the Cellar Door - Jan 2012

   

James Halliday

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2013 Australian Wine Companion

To our knowledge, James Halliday is the only person, not only to grade almost every producer in one country, but to update the ratings every year. The outcome of such a monumental effort, Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, has become both a valuable tool for trade and consumers alike and an excellent means for producers to benchmark their wines against other properties.

In the latest 2013 edition, we are again proud to be awarded the maximum 5 stars.

In particular, our 2011 Riesling and 2010 Chardonnay were each given 94/100 and maximum value-for-money marks with the following tasting notes.

2011 Derwent Estate Riesling
Vivid green hue; an array of ripe exotic fruits mingle with fresh kiwi and lime; the palate is racy and full of energy, with chalky acidity providing line to the concentrated fruit on offer.

2010 Derwent Estate Chardonnay
Mid-gold; showing rich nectarine, lemon curd, cashew and spice on the bouquet; the palate continues the theme, with toasty notes drawn out by fresh lemon acidity; long and nutty to conclude.

   

Chardonnay Love

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Have you fallen in love with Chardonnay again? Did it never lose favour with you? Then try this on for size.

Vintage Cellars, L'Etoile and Pony Lounge and Bar have teamed up with 8 of Australia and New Zealands best Chardonnay producers to put on 2 magnificent three course dinners.

View the PDF with all the details here.

   

White Wine Weekend

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Wine South will be hold its annual White Wine Weekend on the 15-16th October from 12-5pm both days at the Henry Jones art hotel atrium in Hobart.

Entry is $20 and gets you entry, a tasting glass and lets you sip, swirl and spit over 60 wines from 20 different producers.

Read more details here.

   

Gourmet Traveller

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In the latest  (Oct/Nov 11) Gourmet Traveller wine magazine our 2010 Derwent Estate Riesling rated 5 stars and 96 points and was listed at the top of the list of Huon Hookes 100 top new releases in the white wine section.

Read the review here

In a big coup for Tasmania five out of the top six whites were Tasmanian Rieslings. Hurry and order yours now from our online store as stocks are almost gone.
This issue also features an article on the top 25 Tasmania Pinot Noirs in which our 2009 features. Well worth a read indeed.

   

Halliday rates us 5 stars - again

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Once again James Halliday has given Derwent Estate a 5 star winery rating in his latest 2012 Wine Companion book. For more details visit www.winecompanion.com.au
   

New Releases

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September sees the release of 3 new wines. Our 2009 Pinot Noir, 2010 Chardonnay and our 2011 Pinot Gris. To read more about these wines click on the links above or head to our online store.

   

Breaking News

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Saturday, 28 May 2011 05:59

2008 Pinot Noir wins another gong

Our Pinot Noir continues to win awards after last night picking up the Trophy for best 2008 vintage Pinot Noir at the Internaional Cool Climate wine show.
This award comes on the back of two Pinot Noir gold medals and being named 2011 Pinot Noir producer of the year at the 2011 Tasmanian Wine Show in January.

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