In vino veritas – Vin Diemen’s Taste of Tasmania
Another instalment as part of my constant push for you to have your mind blown by what Tasmania has to offer: The annual Vin Diemen’s Taste of Tasmania extravaganza is one of the events of the year for anyone remotely interested in quality wines.
Over one hundred wines from over twenty producers resulting in one true Tasmanian experience that is one bacchanal opportunity to experience the gourmet island, which is the oldest producing wine region in the country.
No matter if one has a weak spot for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or artisanal produce and boutique beverages, the event which in 2019 saw its fifth incarnation has got you covered.
With a terroir that was formed from ancient sand- and mudstones and whose character is informed by river sediments and rocks of volcanic origin and its moderate maritime climate, which allow grapes to ripen slowly on the vine, the liquid emissions cover a wide range of varietal flavours infused with its trademark natural acidity.
This year’s highlights included the Ghost Rock Zoe Brut Rosé Our Brut Rose?, a Pinot Noir dominant crisp blend that eased us into the proceedings of the day.
I have had many glasses of Jansz sparkling wines, but trying their Late Disgorged Vintage Cuvée 2011, a fantastic companion to seafood with its sea spray informed aromas and nuances of fruity and honey-esque highlights, along with their Jansz Late Disgorged Vintage Cuvee 2007, which being an Islay whisky lover I appreciated for the hints of iodine and smoke I detected.
Needless to say that Moorilla Estate is yet to disappoint and it is always a pleasure to check in with them to sample their refined wines.
Food-wise, Vineyard Seafood Restaurant had me drooling with their crayfish, truffle and brie toasties, which I washed down with Bruny Islands’ Cloudy Bay IPA – comprised of six hop varieties, the tangy melange of which results in a sophisticated bitterness that is pervaded by tropical fruits, citrus and herbal aromas.
Not sure about your neck of the woods but on terra australis, wine tastings are omnipresent, however, one Vin Diemen is one of the consistently quality ones that has found an ideal location as the backdrop of the Cell Block Theatre within the National Art School provides a more than suitable ambience.