By Fergal Gleeson*
Tasmanian wine has a bright future. It’s anointment as the flag bearer for premium Pinot Noir seems just a matter of time. Tasmania’s cool climate is also an excellent incubator for Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. But there is relatively little of it. Tasmania accounts for just 0.5% of Australia’s total wine production. So if even you’re big in Tasmania you’re still a small producer in the scheme of things. The largest and one of the longest established wineries on the island is Bay of Fires which was started in 2001. This Bay of Fires Pinot has won gold medals and trophies galore from the major wine comps. Just as important to wine buyers, it is well priced and often available below RRP.
Why the fuss? Bay of Fires Pinot Noir 2015 is rich and smooth but with a touch of savoury elegance. There is nothing lean or wiry about this style. It has the power which you associate with the top wines of Central Otago rather than Van Diemen’s Land. This Pinot Noir has enough fruit to please the crowds but also some delicacy for those who admire such things. A class act I would like to try it in the future with some bottle age. Unfortunately I had only one. Listen for the sound of the tiniest violin and don’t make the same mistake.
RRP $48. Rating 4/5.
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*Finalist- New Wine Writer of the Year 2016- WCA /Gourmet Traveller WINE