WINE TRAVEL: PINOT GRIS FROM TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

Tasmania,  cool climate Australian wine region, lies 240km off the coast of Victoria. It’s the coldest wine land in the country, the climate there is temperate with a maritime influence provided by the Tasman Sea, the Bass Straits and the Indian Ocean.

As Australia’s most mountainous state, Tasmania has multiple mountain ranges criss-crossing the center of the island, which shelter the wine regions from high winds and rainfall. The vineyards are located on lower slopes and valleys, where the climate is markedly different from the mainland. As a result, in general Tasmania’s choice of grape varieties is closer to those of New Zealand than Australia.

Having a surprisingly long winemaking history, Tasmania has become the winemaking hotspot of the 21st century for Australia. Today, there is a mix of producers who call Tasmania home, from family-run wineries to new wave producers and large corporate brands. Enjoying its national and international reputation as a leading producer of some of Australia’s premium wines, this unique island state now produces elegant cool climate wines such as Pinot Noir, sparkling wines, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Gris.

The Pinot Gris of Tasmania takes up 11% of the vineyards. This wine is worth seeking out, as typically it’s made in the proper style and often has the weight, spices, aromatics and acidity, which make wines are so full-flavoured and complex.

To discover one of the best Pinot Gris wines, we advice you to taste 2015 Pinot Gris by Bay of Fires. It is a great wine fully representing the characteristics of this region.

Bay of Fires Winery offer award-winning wines and are located at Pipers River in Tasmania’s north. A state pioneer and one of just 30 Tasmanian wineries, Bay of Fires delivers the leading edge in cool climate Australian wines and exemplifies the best of Tasmania.

This pale straw-yellow coloured wine has enticing aromas of sweet pear with a hint of nutmeg spice. The lively, just off-dry palate features characters of melon and peach and gives a smooth, supple mouth-feeling. This is full and complex wine with a crisp, refreshing acidity and a lingering finish.

Awards:
Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016: Bronze
International Wine Challenge, 2016: Gold

Amsterdam, October 7th 2019