Restaurant Arris, Cleveland Street, Sydney
Tasted Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by chatters with 85 views
Hosted by Joe Holyman (stoney rise), Peter Dredge (Bay of Fires), Nick Glaetzer (Glaetzer-Dixon)
This was an educational tasting looking at clones of Pinot Noir that are currently used in Tasmania. We tried 115 & 114 clones from Stoney Rise and Bay of Fires which were grown in different regions (Derwent, Tamar and East coast), and treated different ways (oak etc) then MV6 from all over Tasmania, again with different vinicultural approaches…the Pipers River from Delamere showed well. Of course, all of these grapes are still not long in barrel/bottle and the Bay of Fires had a fair whack of sulphur still perceivable. We then did a final bracket of finished wines from various producers, which is where these tasting notes come in.
I’ve never been super-impressed by Tasmanian Pinots in general and this session didn’t alter that. I asked about Abel, 667, 828 and 777 and the wine makers looked at me as if I’m asked them whether their respective mothers put out on the first date! Apparently Stoney Rise has a few rows of Abel but not enough to vinify (according to the winemaker, at least).
None the less, this was an interesting tasting.