I’ll be the first to admit that my palate for a good Pinot Noir or Chardonnay has been completely climatized. I’m constantly reaching for an Orange local wine…
And don’t get me wrong, our local stuff is pretty damn spectacular, and we really are one of the most interesting and greatest wine regions in Australia! (not like I’m bias or anything).
I truly believe that Orange is Australia’s little Burgundy; just look at the amazing Rikard Pinot Noir, Bloodwood Riesling or one of my all-time favorite’s Hoosegg Chardonnay. We are truly spoilt for choice. But recently we have been getting some really epic Tasmanian wines in the shop and let me tell you they are giving Orange a run for its money.
Tasmania has been recognized as a quality producer of Pinot Noir- it hit the world stage at the Paris exhibition in 1848 before the Tasmanian wine industry disappeared for a century…
But Peter Caldwell from Dalrymple Estate love for Pinot has been showing us all what we were missing. He’s an acclaimed Pinot enthusiast- its ability to reflect environment yet be mysterious and challenging is what he loves about wine. His passion is shown deeply in the wines and we’ve been lucky enough to get them in store recently.
Dr Edge is something I constantly reach for, and a wine maker I won’t shut up about anytime soon. Peter Dredge has got be one of Tassie’s most intuitive and talented wine makers. Dr. Edge is his passion project, a place where he can feel free to take risks and make Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling that truly excites him and us.
And finally, we couldn’t do a Tassie wine write up without mentioning the young gun finalist Ricky Evans. Two Tonne is his very own label producing extremely high-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay- I like to think that these wines are our little secret pile of gold hiding in store- Sourcing his grapes from diverse regions in the Tamar Valley these wines represent the unique sub regions of Tasmania that you must come try.
So if you’re like me and love a cool climate Aussie wine from only the best producers, come on in store and explore these pretty epic Tasmanian wines!
- Ani -