‘Outstanding’ 5-star rated winery, James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2015
Delamere Vineyardswere planted in 1982 in the Pipers River region in northeast Tasmania making it one of the oldest plantings not only in the region but in Tasmania. They have 6.5ha under vine and its age makes it a rare resource in Tasmania. The ironstone rich soils are perfectly suited to the cultivars of pinot noir and chardonnay, and was established in the traditional French design used in Burgundy and Champagne. The deep red Ferrosol soils offer great fertility, excess water drainage and moisture retention, meaning that irrigation is not required. The vineyard is densely planted (7500 vines per ha) and has a vertical shoot position trellis system with a very low fruiting wire, some 60cm off the ground. The low yield per vine and the reflective heat from the ground produces wines with superior depth of flavour and ripe well-developed tannins. Vine age and subsequent natural balance are key factors in the consistent production of wines with great structure and harmony.
Delamere Sparkling Cuvee
This single-vineyard wine is grown, vinified, bottled and hand-disgorged on site. Méthode Traditionelle. A testament to the worldclass quality of the Pipers River region for sparkling wine production. The wine is the result of carefully hand-harvested fruit from the mature chardonnay and pinot noir vines of Delamere Vineyard, reflecting the site's distinctive soil and location.
The careful blending of these two classic sparkling wine varieties produces a wine with great length (from the chardonnay) and a full mid palate (from the pinot noir). 100% malolactic fermentation and maturation on lees for two and a half years gives the wine a luxurious creamy texture and richness while still displaying the fruit character of Pipers River. The wine is perfectly balanced, displaying fresh citrus characters and wild strawberry flavours with underlying sourdough and earthy notes, along with hints of truffle. A finely structured palate with racy acidity and a long and fine finish.